Winless Gorowa looking to SA based Zim players to upset Bafana

Ian Gorowa continued with his winless home streak after the Warriors drew 1-1 at home with Mozambique on Sunday

Since assuming the coaching reins late July, Gorowa has a good away record only. His tenure started with a 3-0 away win in Mauritius in the Chan first round qualifier before the islanders forced a 1-1 draw in the return leg in Zimbabwe.

That was before Zambia also came to Harare for the tournament’s final qualifying round and restricted the Warriors to a goalless draw. But Zimbabwe stunned Chipolopolo 1-0 in Ndola to register their first ever away win in Zambia and become the first team to win at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium since it was opened last year.

“It is worrisome that we are failing to win at home but we will get it right soon,” Gorowa said.

“We have failed to win this group but that should inspire us in our next assignments. It was clear that the players were tired because of mid-week games they had played; as well as travelling long journeys prior to this match. But I do not want to use that as an excuse for failing to win.”

For the Bafana game Gorowa would be spurred by his fine away record. He left Harare with a group of eight local-based players on Monday morning.

“We want to take a look at the guys in South Africa. We want to see how they combine with some players based here. The South Africa match would be a good experience for the local-based guys,” Gorowa said.

Those players include strikers Knowledge Musona, Cuthbert Malajila, goalkeeper Washington Arubi and returning AmaZulu defender Carlington Nyadombo.

On Sunday, Mozambique scraped a draw after trailing Zimbabwe for 29 minutes following captain Masimba Mambare’s 41st minute goal for the hosts. Maninho cancelled Zimbabwe’s lead to condemn the Warriors to a
poor campaign in which they finished their Brazil 2014 campaign at the foot of Group G with a meager two points.

It was the first time for the Warriors to finish a World Cup qualifying campaign without a win since their bid for the 1990 quadrennial football tournament. The just-ended campaign was unique in that it was taken charge of by three coaches, starting with Rahman Gumbo, followed by Klaus-Dieter Pagels and now Gorowa.