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The Plight of Zimbabwean Football Legends (Credits to Alois Gazzaman Bunjira)
Football, like many other sports, has a special place in the hearts of many people across the globe. It is an activity that brings together people from different backgrounds and cultures, united by the love of the game. It has the power to create legends, who are revered for their contribution to the sport, both on and off the pitch. However, in Zimbabwe, football legends are not treated with the respect they deserve.
Japhet Mparutsa, a former Zimbabwean footballer, was recently honoured in Kenya. This is not the first time that a Zimbabwean football legend has been recognised in a foreign country. Peter Ndlovu, another former Zimbabwean footballer, was honoured in England, while Moses received high honours in Belgium. These individuals are celebrated in other countries, yet they are not given the same level of recognition in their own countries.
Francis Shonhai, George Shaya, and Ebson Muguyo are some of the Zimbabwean football legends who are revered in South Africa. Even Benjani and many other Zimbabwean footballers who played in South Africa are respected and revered in South Africa, while in Zimbabwe, they are poked and ridiculed. “Wakapera” is a common phrase aimed at former footballers, which means “you are finished” or “you have lost your touch.” This derogatory language is used to belittle and undermine former footballers.
It is disheartening to see that football legends are not even wanted anywhere near football. Clubs in Zimbabwe do not even respect their former players. This lack of respect for football legends is a reflection of the poor state of football in Zimbabwe. The country is struggling to produce world-class players, and this can be attributed to a lack of investment in football development.
Football legends have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be harnessed to improve the state of football in Zimbabwe. They can help to mentor young players, offer coaching advice, and help to identify talented individuals who can be developed into world-class players. However, the lack of respect for football legends is preventing them from taking an active role in Zimbabwe football.
We live in the hope that one day, things will change for the better in Zimbabwe football, with former footballers taking an active role in Zimbabwe football. Maybe our football could grow for the better and thrive. The first step towards achieving this is to recognise the contribution of football legends and to give them the respect they deserve.
There are several reasons why football legends are not given the respect they deserve in Zimbabwe. One of the main reasons is the lack of investment in football development. Football clubs do not invest in the development of young players, which means that the quality of football in the country remains poor. This lack of investment also means that there are few opportunities for young players to develop their skills, which further exacerbates the problem.
Another reason why football legends are not respected in Zimbabwe is the lack of football culture. In many countries, football is more than just a sport. It is a way of life, and people are passionate about it. This passion is reflected in the way that football is played, supported, and celebrated. However, in Zimbabwe, football is not given the same level of importance. This lack of a football culture means that there is no appreciation for the contribution of football legends to the sport.
The lack of investment in football development and the lack of a football culture are just some of the reasons why football legends are not respected in Zimbabwe. However, other factors contribute to this problem. One of these factors is the lack of recognition of the role of football legends in the development of the sport. Football legends have played a significant role in the development of football in Zimbabwe, yet their contribution