Warriors finally leave for Malawi

HARARE – The Warriors finally left for Malawi by road Friday just before 12pm for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Flames in Blantyre.

Initially, the team was scheduled to leave for Malawi on Thursday afternoon but the players refused to leave their hotel to go to the airport as they demanded their allowances and match fees from Zifa.

In the end, Prophetic Healing Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya on Thursday night agreed to pay the players their demands.

After the PHD leader’s intervention, the Warriors were scheduled to leave for Malawi Friday morning but the trip was further delayed as Zifa looked for alternative transport.

ON THE ROAD: Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa boards the Munorurama coach which ferried the team to Malawi this morning.

The Warriors finally left their hotel just before 12 noon and are now expected to arrive in Blantyre by 12am Saturday.

Coach Calisto Pasuwa and his player do not have much time to rest as they head straight to Kamuzu Stadium for the match which is scheduled to kick-off at 14:30.

The Warriors only began training on Wednesday ahead of this crucial tie as bungling by Zifa resulted in Pasuwa only naming his squad on Tuesday.

Pasuwa had refused to name the squad as he had not been paid since he was appointed coach on a interim basis last year.

The squad was only released after the intervention of Sports minister Andrew Langa, who also made arrangements for Thursday’s aborted flight to Malawi.

However, defender Partson Jaure had earlier reckoned that Saturday’s showdown with Malawi will present the team with a big test of their pedigree to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup finals.

“Malawi are a good side and they will be tough opponents but I think what we really need to do in this game is to keep our focus,” Jaure said.

“It is a big test of character for us because if we win this match it will obviously boost our confidence.  This is the match that should gauge us on how we are going to fare in this whole campaign.

“We are going there to get a positive result and it is very possible given the players that are in camp.”

Comments (11)

This is rubbish . How on earth do they expect to win .

Syd - 12 June 2015

Dont worry warriors "Munorurama" makaramba ndenge muchida kurara mubhazi

Zinjathropus - 12 June 2015

as a nation we a all aware that zifa dose not have the capacity to finance the national team ,the relevant ministry should not be reminded of this responsibility but it should be on their work plan. dont blame zifa each time as if we are not aware.

C.Chikozho - 12 June 2015

Its not a supprise when soccer is managed by day dreaming management.

Brian Chikwati - 12 June 2015

May God bless Magaya and his flock for the job well done. As for Zifa be serious about what you are doing, soccer fans are not all that stupid. One day we shall invade number 17 Livingston.

Chemical Solution - 12 June 2015

What a shame! Do we need to have to rely on the benevolence of Prophet Walter Magaya as if we do not have a national football association? Come Cuthbert Dube and Jonathan Mashingaidze.Just QUIT. RESIGN NOW YOU DISGRACEFUL BUNCH OF FAILURES.

Soccer Analyst - 12 June 2015

surprisingly zifa got money to send CURSEBERT DUBE overseas but have no money to finance the national team.what a shame

joy - 12 June 2015

Sometimes I get confused with ZANU PF. They are good at talking patriotic lip service but when it is time to show it pragmatically they are always found wanting.....shame on you!!! Just check how rich they are.....take Kasukuwere's mansion plus all assets he has ........then add all their riches together......still they embarrass the same country that they loot from and are no where near. A man of God comes to Zim teams rescue....... Where are the politicians? Just check when this team wins in Malawi....they will be the first to claim victory. Shame on you.

king chirisamhuru - 13 June 2015

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