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ZIFA panel recommends Gorowa dismissal

Warriors coach poser ... Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze

08/07/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Facing dismissal ... Warriors coach Ian Gorowa
ZIFA blasts violent referee attack

THE High Performance Committee (HPC) has recommended the dismissal of Warriors coach Ian Gorowa for alleged insubordination.

The panel accuses the coach of failing to submit reports they requested to facilitate a review of the national team’s performances in the aftermath of the doomed 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

“We resolved as the HPC to close the chapter on Gorowa. We don’t want to continue being involved in this issue,” said HPC chair John Phiri who is also a Zifa board member development.

“We received only two reports. There were no other reports for the Chan tournament, the friendly matches against Malawi and South Africa and the 2015 African Cup of Nations first leg against Tanzania.

“We have recommended the Zifa board to take a decision on the matter. We are now waiting for the Zifa board to make a decision.”

Phiri’s deputy Gibson Homela also said “Contrary to requirements, there was no action plan for 2014 and beyond. There were no CVs and supporting certificates.”

The HPC which met in Harare on Sunday said Gorowa, who had been given Friday’s deadline to submit the reports on the doomed campaign as well as the Chan qualifiers where the Warriors did extremely well to finish in the semi-finals only to lose on penalties to Libya, had submitted just two reports.

Gorowa has been refusing to hand over the reports to the HPC arguing he does not report to the committee but to Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze.

According to the HPC, Gorowa just submitted reports on the international friendly against Tanzania which ended in a goalless draw last year as well as the 2-2 draw against the same opponents in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign in Harare last month which all but ended Zimbabwe’s interests in the race for a ticket to the continental soccer showcase in Morocco.

The HPC said Gorowa did not submit a report on the Chan tournament in South Africa in January as well as two international friendly matches against Malawi and South Africa.

There was also no report on the 1-0 defeat by Tanzania in the first leg of the 2015 African Nations qualifying campaign, in Dar es Salaam.

After their meeting on Sunday, the committee said it had resolved to close the chapter over Gorowa’s issue and wait for a decision by the Zifa board.


Gorowa had been given a deadline after he failed to send the report through as had been requested.

He instead took aim at some of the members of the committee saying he reports to the Zifa hierarchy and not the committee, which the panel viewed as insubordination.

The Zifa board is now expected to make a decision on the issue next week as its president Cuthbert Dube left for Brazil for the World Cup on Sunday.

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