14 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Our Coaches Have Their Teams

THE Warriors were awful in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals and finished bottom of their group without a win to their credit.

But that hasn't diluted the local interest in the World Cup, which got underway on Thursday night with Brazil securing a controversial 3-1 winner over Croatia.

The domestic Premiership coaches are watching the action, even as they have to juggle with the assignments of preparing their teams for the championship race.

Yesterday they gave us their predictions and what they think about the soccer jamboree.

Taurai Mangwiro (CAPS United)

It is so sad we have had to resort to supporting other nations but one day we will come right. I am for Germany because I did my training there. I also would like all the African teams to excel but I am supporting Germany.

Bigboy Mawiwi (Harare City)

The World Cup is upon us and it is good for us as coaches as we get to learn a lot watching top teams, coaches and players and it gives us a chance to see some tactics as football is dynamic.

It might be too early to say which team will win the tournament but I think Brazil stand a good chance as well as Argentina as they don't have any pressure. As for African teams I think Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire will do well.

Joey Antipas (Chicken Inn)

One thing for sure the tournament will be dominated by tacticians. Brazil have an advantage of playing at home while all the other teams can also go all the way. If you look at European teams such as Spain, Germany and France who did well during the pre-World Cup period, they all can win it.

Other South American teams are also good and will have a lot to say in this tournament.

Our African teams are in tight groups so it would be quite difficult for them to advance. Some of the venues where the teams will be playing will be quite hot and maybe African teams can take advantage of that otherwise it will be difficult for them to progress.

I will be supporting Germany to win the Cup.

Biggie Zuze (Triangle)

I have watched most of the friendly matches and build-ups and there should be good competition at the tournament. But I support African teams and would want them to go all the way. Cote d'Ivoire players are playing club football at some of the biggest clubs in the world and also their group seems fair and they should be able to do well.

Ghana and Cameroon are also good but the problem is at this stage African teams tend to make a lot of mistakes and get punished. But I think the European-based players have got experience and should use it to bring glory to the continent.

Luke Masomere (Buffaloes)

My team has always been Brazil and I am tipping them to win the World Cup. And also if any African country advances it would be good for us. I support all the African teams and would want them to do well but I have a soft spot for Nigeria.

Brazil were not at their best in the opening match and, maybe, it is because of pressure that the game was not very good but I think they will get better as the tournament progresses.

Saul Chaminuka (ZPC Kariba)

I think it will be a successful World Cup looking at the way it has started. The opening match was a good game and Croatia had started well and them scoring shows that at the World Cup every team is strong and all the matches are tough.

It is just unfortunate that they lacked tactical discipline. I would say Brazil are favourites and looking at the fact that they have started well and scored many goals. As hosts there is pressure but they have managed to win their first game.

Nation Dube (Hwange)

I am going with the Samba Boys to win it. For the African teams maybe after a game each I would be able to predict which one can go all the way after seeing what they have to offer at this stage. But I can tip Ghana. There is continuity in the team and they are also a good team.

Philani Ncube (How Mine)

The team I am expecting to go far and win the Cup is the Netherlands. They have been consistent and considering the way they played last time they can claim it. As for the African teams they now have experience and I wouldn't be surprised to see any African team reaching the semi-finals this time around and that should be either Cote d'Ivoire or Nigeria.

Paul Nyama (Black Rhinos assistant coach)

It is a tournament which I think would be exciting. But I think the big teams should be wary of the so-called small teams as they are promising to cause some upsets. When it comes to Africa, I think Ghana has a better chance than all other African teams.

Hosts Brazil, I think, they can reach the final. Germany is another team which I think can go up to the final. And looking at their history they haven't failed to reach the latter stages of the tournament and if they go up to the final they will win it.

Lloyd Mutasa (FC Platinum)

I have always been an admirer of Spanish football, particularly the way Barcelona play. Spanish football is a flowing brand and I like the way they play their football. But don't rule out Brazil as the home team, Germany, Italy and Netherlands as well.

Argentina, since they are playing in South America they can take advantage of the familiar conditions.

As an African I would also want my dear brothers from the continent to do well but it looks like the groups they are in are difficult groups. But if there are teams that should go all the way it should be Ghana and Nigeria.

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