Former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu has explained the way forward he thinks could be the best solution to lift the standards of Zimbabwean football.
The local game’s standards have dropped over the years, while the country is suspended from all international football activities following the government’s interference in running the local game.
Since the sanctions came in place in March last year, Zimbabwean national teams have missed several international tournaments such as the 2023 Afcon Qualifiers, Cosafa Cup, CHAN Qualifiers, U23 AFCON Qualifiers, CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup, and Women’s Champions League.
This continuous absence on the international stage affects the national teams’ FIFA Rankings, while players’ valuation usually drops when not playing international football.
The Warriors are currently ranked number 125 on the world table and number 33 in Africa, in the latest ranking that were released in December 2022. The women’s national team, the Mighty Warriors, is also placed outside the top 100 on position 127.
Responding to a fan on Twitteron the issue of the country sliding back on the international scene, the former Warriors captain, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday, called for a collective approach to save the local football.
Peter Ndlovu said: “Mr Mitchell Gumbo (here) is a special message to your sentiments on this platform, thank you for speaking about our Warriors, who you think have take a slide.
“It’s our responsibility with the others to come together and try to fix this thing that’s going down, which is our football.
“We can assure you that we will work hard and try to come back to lift it up.”
Thank for the message.
It’s our responsibility as a collective (you and I included) to come together and make THE WARRIORS great again! 🤝🏽🤝🏽🤝🏽
— Peter Ndlovu (@RealPeterNdlovu) February 26, 2023