Retired Zimbabwean midfielders Willard Katsande and Adelbert Dinha expect their country to shine on the international stage again after FIFA’s 18-month ban on the Warriors was lifted on Monday.
FIFA suspended the Zimbabwe match“s Warriors in February 2022, citing government interference in running the country“FIFA.
“God bless FIFA for lifting this ban. He. She“In addition, Africa will now have guaranteed places in the World Cup [starting from the 2026 edition] Because if you look at our current generation, the likes of Teenage Hadebe and Jordan Zemura among others are in their prime, so they can take us there. [to the World Cup]And“ Katsande told Sowetan yesterday.
Dinha is optimistic that Zimbabwe will continue to play an important role in world football now that the ban is lifted, calling for the inclusion of former players in the management of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and the restoration of junior national teams.
“Zim football has always been on the map. we“We have always produced good players and now that the ban is lifted we must continue to show that we have talent,“ said Dinha, who made his name in SA at the Orlando Pirates.
“Things need to change now. We need to have people who have played the game in the federation. When was the last time you heard about the Zim Under-17 and Under-20 team? we’ve got“We’ve had junior teams for a while now, so if we had people with knowledge of football, things would be fine again. We need fresh ideas and the right people in the association.“
Katsande, who achieved his legendary status at Kaizer Chiefs, still feels indebted to his national team even today, pondering how Amakhosi signed him after a stellar performance in a Warriors match.
“For me to be one of the best players in Kaizer Chiefs“ History because of the national team. I still remember the day the chiefs discovered me… I was playing for the national team and my Ajax contract was running out… Do you see the strength of the national team? We owe everything to our national team,“ Katsande said.