By Leslie Nyoni
Football is more than just 90 minutes where 22 men try to outscore each other, these where the sentiments shared by football analysts as Zimbabwean representatives FC Platinum bowed out of the CAF Confederations CUP over the weekend losing 2-0 on aggregate to Senegalese club ASC Jaraaf.
Premier League squads have failed to make an impact on the continental inter club competition in the past with the best performance coming from Dynamos in 1998 when the Glamour Boys reached the final of the CAF Champions league.
Speaking to Skyz Metro FM news reporter Leslie Nyoni, football analyst Muzi Hadebe said a robust administration which plays a bigger role in the background is critical for teams in the competition.
” Its a bit complicated you need not to necessarily approach the game as clean as we do here in Zimbabwe. We have seen the approach Mamelodi Sundowns have used at times to get the best approach in Africa. Its not all about the preparations a lot of hard work goes behind the scenes in terms of the admin side , its not about going into the African competition its about doing a lot of research and a lot of work should come in from the admin side.”
Hadebe added that football associations had a role to play in improving the sport in the country and improving the competitiveness of clubs on the continental stage.
“The PSL and FA’s need to come up with a clear picture of were they want to take our football to and they also need to have the means and possibilities of implementing measures that will ensure that we have the particular vision we anticipate.”
Another commentary coming from Lee Mangena mirrored Hadebe’s views stating that administration issues need to be dealt with in the Zimbabwean Champions camp.
” It will take a lot to make a mark on the African continent first they have to solve their stadium problem that forces them to play away from home because Mandava stadium does not meet CAF standards. It is high time Mimosa upgraded Mandava Stadium to Phase 2 so that it can meet CAF standards .
The Zvishavane based club graced the CAF inter clubs competitions for the first time in 2012 but failed to progress beyond the group stages of the competitions .