Monday, July 27, 2009


Those Malaysia v Zimbabwe friendlies

Malaysia fury over fake Warriors
Nkanyiso Moyo
IMAGINE Arsenal turning up for a friendly against Zimbabwe wearing the England kit?

Unimaginable of course!
But Zimbabwean soccer fans will be outraged today as New reveals the deception that saw Premier Soccer League champions Monomotapa don the national team colours and play in two “international” friendly matches against Malaysia this week.

Monomotapa lost 4-0 on Sunday and 1-0 on Tuesday to the Malaysians who are ranked 157th in the world.

Malaysian football authorities and the media were under the impression the team led onto the pitch by Rodwell Dhlakama was a national select side. The Malaysian FA showed local journalists letters from ZIFA stating that they were sending a national team.

Following Sunday’s defeat, Dhlakama insisted he was the national team coach, said local journalist Haresh Deol of the Malay Mail.

And on Tuesday, Dhlakama’s assistant Taurayo Mangwiro, keeping up the deception, addressed local journalists as if he were a member of the Warriors’ technical staff.

He said: “Since we have failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, we will now gather again and train hard for our coming international (friendly) matches."

ZIFA officials have refused to go on the record over the champions’ trip – with the top brass holding off-the-record briefings with journalists to deny giving Monomotapa the green light.

“Their participation in those matches depended on them getting clearance from the PSL, which they insist they sought but got no reply. There is clearly a reason to believe Monomotapa have done this without PSL and therefore ZIFA permission,” said one ZIFA official, threatening disciplinary action against the club.

But ZIFA’s culpability in the fiasco was magnified last night after New obtained exclusive pictures showing Monomotapa in Warriors colours – complete with the national emblem.
And Malaysians were also demanding answers.

In an editorial, the Malay Mail asked: “Don’t they check? Are we such a gullible nation that we assume everything told to us is the absolute truth?”

The paper said the local FA was “proving incompetent as they can't even tell the difference between a national champion club and a national team.”

It declared: “We have a Zimbabwean football club team masquerading as the national team. The coach of Monomotapa - Rodewell Dhlakama - even went on record to claim his was the national team. Checks with the media in Zimbabwe and other sources have proven otherwise.

“But never mind all that. People will claim a lot of things. Isn't the onus on us - the FA of Malaysia - to check the authenticity of the claims? Or was FAM party to this web of deceit?”

Local media in Malaysia reported the two meetings between the fake Warriors and the hosts as an "A" international match.

The Malaysian FA insists it only paid for Monomotapa’s hospitality and would not be footing the cost of travel. The FAM also insists it will not be paying Monomotapa an appearance fee.

But that will do little to appease Malaysians, with the Malay Mail insisting FAM has “provided a two-bit club side from Zimbabwe with a paid holiday.”

Story from : NEWZIMBABWE.COM NEWS:Published On: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Then there is this from the Malaysian FA

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), wish to draw your attention to the article under the aforesaid headline published by Malay Mail on July 14, 2009, which had indeed caused much distress and anxiety in FAM.

The said article contained defamatory statements, unwarranted accusations and inaccuracies which had caused a reputable organisation like FAM, great damage, globally and domestically. The said article represents a malicious intent and an attempt to tarnish FAM's reputation.
FAM tolerates criticsm, constructive or otherwise, but the said article contained words, allegations and insinuations that expose FAM to hatred, contempt and ridicule to the right-thinking members of the society.
In particular Paragraph Six of the said article implied FAM officials as deceitful and Paragraph 10 of the same article which claimed FAM had paid for airfare, accommodation and appearance fee for the visiting team was inaccurate and malicious. The writer attempted to justify the paragraph by insisting that FAM was not forthcoming.
The said article had called into question our reputation, standing and above all, integrity. The article was written in bad faith to mislead the public by potraying FAM in bad light.
Therefore, an apology and a retraction must be made as soon as possible via the online and print versions of the newspaper, failing which the FAM would not hesitate to institute legal recourse.Yours faithfully,Football Association of MalaysiaLT GEN DATO' AZZUDDIN BIN AHMAD (Retired)General Secretary

COMMENT - all very nice and hunky dory but who went ahead and booked some club side?

One word to describe "Malu", if I had been in their shoes I would have dig a hole to bury my head in it!
certainly very embarrassing fr the fam and their leter threatening legal action is an attempt to gloss over the problem

who booked the club side and helped pass themselves off as the national team?

remember they cancelled liberia cos they were suspicious
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