ZIMBABWE Warriors and Liverpool legend, Bruce Grobbelaar, has hinted that he is willing to coach the men’s senior football team if called upon but on condition ZIFA changes the way it runs its affairs.
Grobbelaar is currently the goalkeeping coach at North American soccer outfit, Ottawa Fury Football Club.
Speaking live from his Canadian base Thursday on the Soccer Africa programme aired on DSTV, the Jungleman lamented the state of affairs in Zimbabwean football.
“The standard of football in Zimbabwe has really gone down. It is really not working well with any of the players,” he said.
“The chairman (ZIFA Chairperson Cuthbert Dube) is not what he was when he went in there, we know that he has always struggled with corruption and that is why a lot of people have been playing outside of the country.
“We will not be playing at the 2018 World Cup and we have to rely on getting through to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, 2019 Afcon and the 2022 World Cup.”
While local football administration is in shambles, Grobbelaar said the country still has the best football talent in Southern Africa.
“Zimbabwe players are probably the most intelligent on the SADC region,” he said.
“If you go north of the equator you have to compete with the Nigerians, Ivorians, and they are very strong and organised units.
“That is why their teams have gone through to the World Cup many times more than other African sides.
He added: “With us (Zimbabwe) we have a network of players right across the world.
“(But) it Is very hard for the association to get those players back when the organisation has no money to spend to get the players back anyway.”
Quizzed on why he was not in Zimbabwe helping out with the development of the local game, Grobbelaar said a lot needs to be done for people like him to lend their help.
“Well, they have not given me a call to go back to Zimbabwe and they have not mentioned anything that the organisation is 100 percent, which it is not, and the country itself is not well,” he said.
“When there is someone who can go there and take ZIFA and hold it accountable and everything is up and running 100 percent and they asked me to go there to help out with the national team I would do that.
“It will not happen until the organisation has a great mandate and has the money to put forward to pay the players, coaches and everything else.”Advertisement
ZIFA has been making headlines for the wrong reasons with the association swimming in debts estimated at over $4 million.
Recently, the Warriors were banned from participating in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after ZIFA failed to pay former warriors coach Jose Claudinei Georgini popularly known as Valinhos.
Current coach Callisto Pasuwa has had a turbulent relationship with the football mother body after the latter failed to pay him for his duties with the national team on time.