DISGRACED, humiliated, embarrassed but Warriors coach Norman Mapeza is a man who chooses to walk with his head above his shoulders.
The Warriors are out of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers yet Mapeza is not throwing in the towel.
The Warriors have been in free-fall in the last two years, but their woes became more pronounced following a run of one win in 16 games in the last 12 months, leading to their elimination from the Qatar football jamboree.
Before the back-to-back defeats by Ghana, the Warriors had a dismal run under Croatian Zdravko Logarusic, who set records for the wrong reasons after winning one game in 14 assignments.
Loga oversaw the opening two games of the World Cup campaign, a draw against South Africa at home, before crashing to a shock 0-1 defeat to Ethiopia.
Mapeza then took over and the Warriors were beaten 1-3 by Ghana away before succumbing to a 0-1 home loss on Tuesday.
“I am more than proud of them. It’s work in progress. We are not going to give up,” said Mapeza.
Mapeza also expressed his desire to build a strong competitive team.
“What’s important now is to keep working hard in the remaining matches and then we will try to build a team which will play in the AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations) tournament,” he said.
In a statement, ZIFA also assured the Warriors fans of improved results soon.
“The ZIFA Board and Secretariat will work tirelessly and institute corrective measures to ensure that the Warriors emerge victoriously for the future and create a positive narrative,” said ZIFA.
Zimbabwe last won a match in March against Botswana in AFCON qualifiers and netted four times in the last nine games.