Zim submits 2017 Afcon bid

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) yesterday submitted the country’s bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals before today’s deadline.

Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze left for Cairo, Egypt on Sunday night and submitted Zimbabwe’s final bid document at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) headquarters.

“As Zifa we are hopeful that Zimbabwe’s proposal is comprehensive hence it will surely match those of other contenders,” Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said.

“Despite all the negativity and pessimism from other quarters, we have refused to be distracted and we shall continue with our bid activities until the winning contender has been announced.

“It is obvious to any rational observer that Zimbabwe, with the necessary support, has the capacity to host such a mega event.”

However, Zimbabwe had to go it alone for the bidding process after the Botswana Football Association its cooperation to co-host the event, citing ill-preparedness.

Caf invited new bidders for the 2017 Afcon finals after Libya pulled out because of political unrest in the North African country.

Zimbabwe faces competition from Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, who have already announced their interest hosting the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Young Warriors arrived safely in Botswana for today’s friendly international against the Zebras.

Speaking from Botswana, assistant coach Nation Dube expressed optimism in coming out with a positive result in tomorrow’s match.

“I have confidence in the team’s fitness level since most of the players play first team football at their respective clubs,” Dube said.

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