WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa has hit out at Zifa as it emerged he is working without a contract or pay and was only receiving an “upkeep token” from association president Cuthbert Dube which was also stopped in November last year.
Gorowa singled out Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, describing him as a “habitual liar” after the official claimed they had given the coach a contract and were only waiting for him to sign the deal.
Mashingaidze told journalists during a tour of the Zifa Village early this month that the football association had offered Gorowa a contract document adding they were waiting for the coach to come back to them over the issue.
“The contract is already with him but he said he will come back to us after the finals (Chan). So as an association, we are waiting for him. If it takes long we might have to remind him,” said Mashingaidze then.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela added: “That is work in progress, we are negotiating with him and hopefully everything will be sorted out sooner than later.”
However, Gorowa blasted the Zifa officials and warned them against trying to look good in the eyes of the nation through manipulating his name.
“Zifa has offered nothing up to now. They should desist from trying to look good in the eyes of the nation by manipulating my name,” said Gorowa.
Responding to claims by Mashingaidze he has since been handed his contract: “That man is a habitual liar; tell him I said that and see what he does.
“I want to give back to my country but you can only do that to people who understand what football administration is all about.
“Right now, even without a contract I have been engaging Zifa to try and take advantage of the March 5 Fifa calendar day to have an international friendly but to no avail.”
In an interview done with African Football published by the world soccer mother body Fifa last week, Gorowa claims he forgoes pay for the love of his job and remains committed to taking Zimbabwean football to its rightful place on the world stage.
Even though he did not name Zifa by name, the former Dynamos, Black Rhinos and now defunct Cape Town Spurs striker said it was one thing for those running football in the country to say there was no money but quite another matter for officials to conduct their affairs without any professionalism at all.Advertisement
“The mind-set of the people who are running the sport within our country also has to change. They have to think big. It is one thing to say there is no money but then there is no professionalism,” he said.
“We know there is no money, but I think whatever approach you have, it has to be professional. One thing we need to do is to create a professional atmosphere, regardless of the resources that are available.”
Gorowa said even if a contract document was drafted, it would be difficult to append his signature because of monetary issues.
He said since taking over the Warriors job from German coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels in July last year, Zifa has failed to honour even a single part of the contractual obligation.
“It was a gentleman’s agreement, yes, but they still failed to honour any part of that. Zifa has no money to pay a coach. I have been getting an upkeep token from Dube (Cuthbert, Zifa president) but that stopped in November last year,” said Gorowa.