Zimbabwean football hit an all time low this week when the senior men’s national soccer team, the Warriors, were stunned by lowly-ranked Somalia in a World Cup 2022 preliminary round qualifier.
The East Africans produced arguably the shock of the week as they stunned their much fancied opponets, recording their first positive result in over ten years.
In all honesty, Zimbabwean football has been through rough patches, but one would have to carefuly go through the history books to find a defeat of that nature.
Once upon a time, a Jay Jay Okocha inspired Super Eagles of Nigeria thrashed the Warriors 3-0 at the National Sports Stadium, a game which saw veteran broadcaster Charles ‘CNN’ Mabika lose his job due to the superlatives he used in describing Okocha, which were deemed as unpatriotic by those in power at that time.
That is one appaling episode any Warriors fan would quickly want to forget but be that as it may, it has to be noted that the Super Eagles were one of Africa’s best at that moment, making the defeat somewhat justifiable.
The Somalia defeat broke many records for wrong reasons, some of which had been standing for years, marking an awful start to Joey Antipas’s reign as Warriors coach.
To impound more missery on Zimbabwean football, the South African Under 23 side massacred their Zimbabwean counterparts 5-0 twenty-fours later, to ensure that this week was one of, if not the worst in the history of his football-loving nation.