Milutin Sredojovic Micho, the coach for Rwanda’s national football team, Amavubi, was sacked because of poor results. Is it the coach or the team with the problem? Society Magazine’s Martin Bishop asked a few individuals around Kigali what they thought.
The players should take the blame. They are the ones with skills and should strive to win at all costs. They should implement what the coach instructs them to do on the pitch.
Anna Kayitana, RSSB employee
The team is to blame because Micho tried his best. He is not God, remember? If the team’s problems are not solved, even if they bring a soccer god to coach Amavubi, they will still perform poorly.
Lillian Karitas Karigirwa
Before considering who is to blame for poor performance we must first consider the different components of making a football team a successful and winning one. Does Amavubi team have what it takes?
Leonidas Ndayisaba, Sports journalist, Voice of Africa Radio
If a car overturns, you don’t blame the car, we blame the driver. Though the car might have mechanical problems, the driver is the one to see it and fix it.
Rukumbi Marie Anne, Castle Sports Bar proprietor, Kimisagara.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. People expected Micho to make a golden calf out of clay, he did all that there was there to do.
Faisal Kayonde, Engineer
The team itself is the problem. If FERWAFA streamlines policies, good coaches like Micho can achieve their goals and succeed.
You often hear the phrase ‘a bad workman blames his tools’ and this can easily be attributed to professional football. A good football coach can be made to look bad by the players he has to work with and this is exactly what happed here.
Ephraime Bugingo Mparanyi, Kanombe