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Open letter to Norman Mapeza

Among other legends, you compare with immortals such as the late Joel “Jubilee” Shambo, Misheck and Sunday Marimo, Moses Chunga, the late Francis Shonhayi, Peter Ndlovu and most recently Benjani Mwaruwari as players who at one point led the national team.

 

In that regard, you deserve utmost respect.

You became the second Zimbabwean after Bruce Grobbelaar to grace the popular European Champions League playing for Galatasaray in Turkey in the 1990s.

I remember in those days you marked out Dutch legend Ronald Koeman when your team played Barcelona.
So you deserve respect.

While most players forget that they have a life after football, you invested in life after the glitz and glamour. We have heard of so many footballers who died as paupers, but that cannot be said of you.

Norman, you are one of the few ex-soccer stars who own a house in the upmarket low-density suburb of Glen Lorne where you used to be tennis ace Byron Black’s neighbour.
Upon retiring after a career th

at took you across the globe, you came home and assumed a new calling as a coach. You did not disappoint, guiding lowly Monomotapa to their first championship, something some of the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board members never achieved.

That is why I was taken aback this week when I read an article in which Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze told you that he was going to take measures against you for not showing up for work despite that you were suspended due to the Asiagate scandal.

Mashingaidze is contemptuous towards you, a man who served his country with distinction both as a player and coach. Your contribution to football cannot be compared to that of Mashingaidze. Mashingaidze is a football midget.

He never captained this country, he never played in the prestigious European Champions League and never coached a club in this country or won a championship.

He is just a Zifa employee who at one time will leave that office, but football is your livelihood Norman.

Why do you allow people like Mashingaidze to demean your worth?

I gave your former Dream Team mate Peter Ndlovu the same advice last year, that you are bigger brands in this game.

Ndlovu was slowly becoming the laughing stock when he signed for lowly Highfield United where he was “fired”. My foot!

Who is Highfield United to treat hero Ndlovu in that fashion? Beware of certain obscure brands who want to ambush you for their own ends.

 

Quit, you are a big brand

 

Wake up and smell the coffee Norman. You are not wanted by this Zifa board.

Remember at one point they voted 9-2 in favour of your ouster as Warriors coach?

What makes you think they have changed?

Why have you not been given the chance to appear before the Asiagate Ethics Committee led by Justice Ebrahim despite that you live in this country?
Why was your head of delegation to the Cecafa tournament in Kenya,  Bhekimpilo Nyoni, left out in the Asiagate scandal despite that he was your boss during the same trip that led to your suspension?

They are sheep in wolves skin Norman.

You are a big brand Norman, and if I were you, I would quit.

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