Silva debacle has many football lessons


HARARE – Dtynamos should learn harsh lessons from the debacle involving their former Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva, whom they was sacked on Thursday.

Silva had been unwanted distraction for the Glamour Boys with his off-field antics and behaviour which was soiling the club’s brand.

If Dynamos had been playing well on the field, maybe the Portuguese’s antics would have been tolerated and his reign would have lasted more than a mere five league games.

Recruiting a foreign coach is no easy task and due diligence must be exercised before engaging someone from overseas.

The DeMbare executive should have done a thorough background check on Silva and ascertained that he was indeed the person he was purporting to be on his CV.

The world is now a global village making verification of such facts an easy process in this digital age where almost all clubs have records easily available on their websites and social media pages.

Dynamos only realised they had hired an imposter after the media began poking holes in Silva’s CV well after he had arrived in Zimbabwe and his work permit had already been issued.

It was too late to make a U-turn and in this case the club was fortunate enough that results were not coming which made it easy to send Silva packing.

There is no denying that the Glamour Boys’ brand suffered dearly in the four-and-a-half months Silva was in charge.

But if the DeMbare bosses had done their homework, all this could have been avoided.

Another factor DeMbare and the rest of the local clubs should consider when hiring foreign coaches is the length of the contract they sign.

To be realistic, someone who is coming from overseas needs some time to acclimatise with Zimbabwean football.

This does not happen overnight but it takes time. On the other hand, football is a result-oriented business, which — in most instances — does not afford coaches the luxury of a long time to adjust.

The pressure to bring results is even higher at such big clubs like Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United.

So before DeMbare think of hiring a foreign coach in the future, they must consider whether they will be prepared to give them leeway to first learn about the local game before results start coming.

Unfortunately, with the demanding fans the club has, it is not possible because the Glamour Boys pride themselves in winning every match they play.

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