THERE comes a time when we must stand together as a country.
A time when we must pull in one direction. This is the time.
As the Warriors face Malawi today, every Zimbabwean must support the team.
A huge opportunity lies before us, not only to beat Malawi, but to make history by qualifying for the knock-out round of the AFCON knock-out stages, for the first time in our country’s history.
Nothing unites a football-loving country like Zimbabwe as a Warriors’ victory.
And, if that victory comes at a grand stage like the biggest showcase in African football, the more united the nation becomes.
President Mnangagwa has already wished the Warriors well.
It is only expected that the rest of the nation follows suit.
The journey to this tournament has been challenging for this group of Warriors.
For a long time, after qualifying for the tournament, the Warriors – and the country at large – did not know if our boys would proceed to kick a ball at the tournament.
The ever-bungling ZIFA board, led by its infamous president Felton Kamambo, stood in the way of the nation’s happiness, by throwing spanners in the works.
They not only prayed, but literally nagged FIFA to throw the team out of the tournament.
They appeared more concerned with keeping their seats, within the leadership of a domestic game, which they have been dragging into its grave, than seeing our boys playing at the Nations Cup finals.
It could have demotivated the best of athletes.
But, not this group of Warriors.
When coach Norman Mapeza was announced as the coach to take the team to the AFCON finals, the suspended ZIFA board disowned him.
They said the announcement was null and void, just to put these Warriors off track.
Injuries also hit the Warriors camp with star players – Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and France-based Marshall Munetsi – failed to make the trip to the tournament.
But, despite all these challenges, the Warriors fought gallantly against the continent’s best-ranked side, Senegal, only to lose in the last seconds of the match.
Today, let us rally this team that has already earned the respect of the continent, courtesy of that spirited performance, against Senegal.
Today, let us throw away club allegiance, or our view of the ZIFA-SRC saga and support these Warriors.
Let us make noise on social media platforms, in all the respective countries we are based, and even from our houses, as we roar these gallant Warriors to victory.
We have come a long way with this team and we know their win changes the whole country’s mood.
Our chances have never been brighter!