Pagels fumes as ZIFA bungle Guinea trip

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WARRIORS’ coach Klaus Dieter Pagels on Thursday criticised Zifa after the national soccer team failed to travel to Guinea as scheduled on Thursday for their 2014 World Cup qualifier against the hosts on Sunday.
The Warriors were scheduled to depart Thursday afternoon and fly through Johannesburg, arriving in Dakar, Senegal, at 7.30pm and land in Conakry on Friday morning.
But Zifa had by Thursday in the afternoon not managed to raise funds for the team’s air tickets leading to the – reschedule of the trip for Friday.
Pagels had already gone to the airport when he was informed of the cancellation of the trip by team manager Shariff Mussa.
The German coach blamed Zifa for their lack of meticulous planning and organisation. He said as long as Zifa continue to fail to plan properly for such important assignments, there would not be any changes to Zimbabwean football.
“This kind of organisation is not for football,” said Pagels.
“As long as Zifa continue to plan like this, Zimbabwean football will never change. The players didn’t train on Thursday). Now they will only arrive in Guinea on Saturday in the morning.
“They will just loosen up for an hour at the match venue and play the match. The boys will be tired. Can you expect the team to win the match?”
The Warriors coach also said the team would also be confronted with climate challenges on arrival in Guinea and needed time to adjust to the weather conditions in Conakry.
He said he had found that temperatures in Guinea were ranging between 30 and 35 degrees celsius.
The Warriors fell 2-4 to Egypt at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday and will be looking to recover from that defeat Guinea hammered Mozambique 6-1 in their 2014 World Cup meeting in Conakry last Sunday.
Zimbabwe are already out of contention for a seat at Brazil next year but Pagels is building a team that should take part at the 2015 African Cup of Nations finals.
The Warriors are at the foot of the table in their group in the race to Brazil with just a single point in the campaign. Egypt lead the group with 12 points with Guinea in second place with seven points, followed by Mozambique who have two points.Advertisement