Zimbabwe’s Warriors have received a rousing welcome upon their triumphant return from Zambia and Ian Gorowa was immediately rewarded by football authorities who confirmed his position as head coach, proving that football really is funny.
A week after soccer fans were denigrating his name in favour of former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza, Gorowa was last night the toast of the town, he was hoisted high in celebration upon his successful return from Zambia where his team won 1-0 to qualify for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship.
Gorowa told VOA that he has accepted the job offer but is not committing for a long time, preferring to take the Warriors through the Africa Nations Championships first.
Football followers from various clubs in the country were united in song and dance but this time in the Warriors’ name with the Zimbabwe Football National Supporters Liarson Officer Simeon Jamanda leading in the song.
And all of a sudden Gorowa has become the new football coaching hero.
No-one can fault the fans as success for Zimbabwean football has been hard to come. The Warriors have failed to qualify for the past four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations finals and Gorowa’s side brings some form of hope.
With qualification secured, analyst says, the Zimbabwe Football Association should now put measures in place to ensure adequate preparations so that the team will be able to put up a realistic challenge for the title at the finals in South Africa.
This is to avoid the experience of the past in which the Warriors were eliminated in the first round at both the 2009 and 2011 finals.