ZIFA needs structures: Muhoni

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ZIFA needs structures: Muhoni Lazarus Muhoni


Simba Rushwaya
Senior Reporter

MUTARE-BORN former Zimbabwe national team midfielder, Lazarus “Mali” Muhoni, has blamed the Warriors’ poor performance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers to “maladministration and lack of inclusivity of players drawn from around the country”.

Speaking from his base in the United Kingdom, Muhoni said ZIFA is to blame for the back-to-back defeats against Lesotho and South Africa, respectively.

Zimbabwe lost 0-2 to the Crocodiles of Lesotho in Johannesburg, before succumbing 1-3 to Bafana Bafana in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, leaving their campaign in tatters, with just two points from four matches, while anchoring the log in a group that includes leaders, Rwanda, Benin, and heavyweights, Nigeria.

Muhoni squarely brought everything on ZIFA’s doorstep, which is under the leadership of Lincoln Mutasa, also from Manicaland.

“Look my brother, everything including blame, is on administration which for starters does not have a home ground. Second, where have you seen in this world where national team coaches are changed every two weeks? National team coaching is very broad and does not have to be a piece-meal thing where coaches are changed like diapers,” said Muhoni, who is famed for scoring a crucial goal that earned Zimbabwe a first appearance at the African Cup of Nations in 2004.

The former Buffaloes, Black Rhinos and Dynamos midfielder suggested that the football governing body should casts its nets wider to come up with a team reflecting the country.


“I came out of Sakubva all the way to the national team. During our days, the national team was, not about players from Harare only, but drawn from as far as Hwange and Chipinge.


“We were not afraid of any team because there was talent. What we see now are players not reflective of our country, but certain individuals. There were national teams of all age groups starting from Under-13s to Under-23s. That is all gone. There is a lot of talent in Zimbabwe, but needs to be identified and nurtured,” he said.

Muhoni moved to the United Kingdom last year, and said he wants to establish an academy to help the Warriors’ cause in future.


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