Warriors' anarchic trip

HARARE - Zimbabwe's chaotic trip to Guinea for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier finally started Saturday morning at 2am with the team only expected to arrive in Conakry a few hours before Sunday's match and with no time to acclimatize and get a feel of the match venue.

The 25-man delegation, cut from an original list of 32, will now jet into the Guinean capital Saturday at 2115.

The Warriors – who are out of contention for Brazil 2014 after a disastrous qualification campaign in which they are winless in four matches – were initially scheduled to fly out on Thursday but were grounded after Zifa failed to secure a full compliment of seats on the Kenyan Airways flight out of Harare.  

Klaus-Dieter Pagels’ men are now expected to arrive in Nairobi at 6:15, depart the Kenyan capital two hours later and arrive in Dakar, Senegal, at 15:30.

They will then leave the Senegalese capital at 19:20pm to only arrive in Conakry at 21:15pm.

The Daily News, however, understands that Zifa has only managed to secure 14 seats on the connecting flight to Conakry from Dakar.

In the meantime, only 12 players, the coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels and team doctor Nick Munyonga have been placed on those available seats from Dakar.

The rest of the Warriors contingent will remain in Dakar in the hope they will be able to get a connecting flight to Conakry in time for Sunday’s game.

Xolisani Gwesela, the new Zifa communications manager, said it was a “collective effort from all football loving people in the country to ensure the Warriors play the Syli National on Sunday.”

This anarchy in the Zimbabwean camp will no doubt play into the hands of Guinea, who still have an outside chance of qualifying for the final phase of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Guinea, who walloped Mozambique 6-1 at the weekend, maintained their second place in Group G with seven points behind Egypt (12 points) while Mozambique are third on two points.

Sorry Zimbabwe are bottom with one point.

Squad:
Washington Arubi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Ovidy Karuru, Lincoln Zvasiya, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Patson Jaure, Ocean Mushure, Silas Songani, Masimba Mambare, Eric Chipeta, Devon Chafa, Tafadzwa Rusike, Rodrick Mutuma, Felix Chindungwe, Cuthbert Malajila, Archieford Gutu, Knowledge Musona, Denver Mukamba.

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