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FINAL WHISTLE: You are wrong Herr Dieter Pagels

There is no doubt that interim Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels has captured the imagination of Zimbabweans with his Tiki-Taka kind of football, which has completely transformed the way Zimbabwe plays.

FInal Whistle with Simba Rushwaya

Pagels’ approach is a complete divergence to former coaches like Sunday Chidzambwa, whose approach was inclined on grinding results with the “sexy” style that electrifies fans in the stand. The Barcelona elegance you would say.

The German mentor’s technical line has been premised on methodical build-ups from the back into attack, with emphasis on ball possession. It is an amusement to watch if you ask me. No wonder why the youthful team that toured Egypt for a World Cup qualifier match in March still retained plaudits despite going down 2-1 in Alexandria.

It would appear Pagels has a vision, but his dream might come to naught if he continues with his attitude of shutting the door on other good players. It might sound conservative, but there is no point in ignoring a player who has hit a purple patch and plays regularly for his club at the expense of bench warming lads.
I’m referring here to a player like Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande, who has had rave reviews in South Africa for his distinction on the field of play. Katsande’s coach at Naturena, Stuart Baxter, described the midfielder as a “competitor”.

“He has been an important player for us, in that he has improved his understanding of the game, his role and his decision making in the game. Even though he has picked up a lot of yellow cards I think he has played his role well.

“He picks up so many yellow cards because he is a competitor… he lives on the edge and as a coach if you take that away from him, then you take away big part of his game.

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“I loathe calming him down too much because he has this intimidating factor as he competes, he breaks up the opponents play and you don’t want to take that away from him,” said Baxter.

A closer analysis of the way the current Warriors team demonstrates that we lack such a player. A player like Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda at his peak, who would win the ball in the middle of the park and dismantle the opposition’s attack in a flash of a second.

Pagels is also wrong to ignore players like Cuthbert Malajila whose goals have transformed South African side Maritzburg into a competitive side, Kingstone Nkatha, who has so far had a descent season at Kaizer Chiefs and England based midfielder Bradley Pritchard of Charlton Athletic. Zimbabwe needs players like Pritchard who are playing in competitive leagues. Pritchard plays for England’s second tier league — the Coca Cola Championship.

While I have the utmost respect for Denver Mukamba as a player, I don’t think he should be given the Warriors’ armband.

It is too early for Mukamba, who is yet to command regular game time at modest South African side BidVest Wits. Pagels must let Mukamba’s talent blossom without extra burden. Goalkeeper Washington Arubi fits the bill well in the current set up.

National team call ups must be based on form rather than inherent love for a player. Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi won the 2013 African Cup of Nations after calling-up in form players, both at home and abroad.

The same must apply in the Zimbabwean scenario. As it is Mukamba, Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Archiford Gutu are assured of first team places despite the fact that they are struggling at their clubs.

I also wonder why Chicken Inn winger Kudakwashe Mahachi fails to make the cut in the Warriors set up. Mahachi is hugely talented and should be given the chance.
Herr (Mr) Dieter Pagels, it is incorrect to bang the door on Zimbabwean players whose aspirations are to don their national team colours.

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8 Responses to FINAL WHISTLE: You are wrong Herr Dieter Pagels

  1. G Vandira April 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    So what?If you want to be a coach why don’t you just apply.Too much interference into the game kills our soccer.This is what has been happening since the days of Fabisch,siyai munhu aite basa rake ndapota

  2. G Vandira April 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    So what?If you want to be a coach why don’t you just apply.Too much interference into the game kills our soccer.This is what has been happening since the days of Fabisch,siyai munhu aite basa rake ndapota

  3. ludandumaseko April 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Left back for Ronald Pfumbidzai,a marvel to watch at CAPS UTD.

  4. zvipore April 29, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    You are right vandira. no one can dispute that the germans are very good in scheming these games. fabisch id famous in zim because he wad shutting doors to people who never sigmrd a coachinh contract.mhlauri went to hermany and came back doing wonders. lets give this german a chance and l believe we wil celebrate not long. my appeal to zifa is: this coach should conduct refresher coaching skills workshops to premier league coaches so that players called fo national team will not find everything new. Players lyk zvirekwi should go and train with teams like bayern during off season.

  5. Black Crow April 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    whats this tika taka thing? why dont we find our indigenous name for knocking the ball around instead of adopting this spanish name? where are zanu jongwe people, we seem to be glorifying ‘imperialists language.

  6. nyasha April 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    black crow you think everything revolves around zanu? You are demented indeed. If u think so give people free and fair elections and you shall see! Dont try to pollute our football with your dirty political machinations..

  7. Wezhit April 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Leave coaching to coaches pliz pliz. Y z it junos want to coach teams? They want to choose players fo coaches bt they are the first ones to blames the same players and the coach wen the team loses. Endai mundo coacher remapepa uko

    • zim-acommando May 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Vandira uri right M’face wangu,majournalists ngavatisiyire zvekucoacher kumacoaches,sandiro basa ravo.Kana Pagels akavateerera oisa maplayers avo odyiwa ndivo futi vanotanga kuveza mapakatwa.This journo talks of Pritchard as playing in a competitive league!Guys let’s be serious,I would consider that player competitive kudai ari mutop-flight yekuEngland kwete kuunfashionable tier…this exposes this journo kuti haazive much about competitive players.South African league haisi competitive,imagine League yaane makore ichitadza kuproducer squad ingaende kuAfcoon kunze kwekunge vahoster?And then someone says Malajila anetsa muRetirement League yakadero is world-class!Tipoo maserious iwe journalist,usiye munhu ari kuita basa rake aite nemazvo.Haisati yaanguva yekugauge Klaus…

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