Because of its universal acceptability, unpredictability and its ability to bring communities together, soccer is known to be the world most beautiful game.
It brings the desired entertainment and put people from different walks of life under one umbrella. Might be different opinions, political affiliations, religious beliefs and diverse cultures.
However, of late the Zimbabwe national soccer team has been able to bring much stress to its fans than it brings joy and entertainment.
There have been unprecedented woes from the administrative side stretching from years back to the recent one which almost barred the Warriors from participating in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
In the aftermath of the Sports and Recreation Commission suspending the ZIFA board, citing mismanagement of funds, sexual harassment allegations and the general failure of developing the game, FIFA was at the brim of banning the team from the world football.
These woes directly translate to what has been happening on the pitch. The Warriors have been dismally performing in previous editions of international football, evidenced by the last World Cup Qualifiers.
The Warriors are heading into the AFCON tournament for the fifth time are one of the three teams representing Southern Africa, including Malawi and Comoros.
It is positive to note that at least in this edition of international football, the squad is heading into the game with high spirit, with no recorded squabbles over finance payouts, travel dilemma, welfare complaints and threats to withdraw.
AFCON is the time for Mapeza and the Warriors to put on a good show and also raise the spirits of the local football lovers, dampened by the Logarusic era.
They must bring the cheers and once again prove to the footballing world that Zimbabwe can put a good challenge on the pitch.
The fans deserve better, and what is a better way to forget the January disease for 90 minutes than the most beautiful game?
Go Warriors Go!