Zifa remain optimistic

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is optimistic the Warriors will fly out in time to the Comoros for Saturday's African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier.

With trip to the Indian Ocean islands hanging in the balance as the cash-strapped association is racing against time, Zifa have now pinned all its hopes on the government.

Zimbabwe is carrying a healthy 2-0 lead from the first leg courtesy of goals from Evans Rusike and second half substitute Marshal Mudehwe.

The win could however, count for nothing if Zifa fails to secure funds for the team to travel for the second leg.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday told the Daily News they are working closely with government to secure a chartered flight and with all things being equal the team would leave for the Comoros on Friday.

“We are closely working with the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and the government to ensure the trip goes ahead as scheduled,” he said.

“We have failed to secure normal flights hence the need to charter a flight. We are hoping the government will bail us out on this one. It’s not a secret that the association is broke and that’s the reason why we have approached the government.

“Like what we always say that the national team is not Zifa’s responsibility alone; it is a collective effort from various stakeholders. Our coffers are empty and we are pinning our hopes on the government to bail us out.

“It is in fact the norm the world over. The government plays a major role in assisting national teams. We are not panicking at all and we are confident that the team will travel in time for their match.”

SRC director-general Charles Nhemachena was, however, evasive regarding the issue of government bankrolling the chartered flight.

“I can confirm that Zifa submitted a request but we cannot comment much on that,” he told the Daily News yesterday.

“We don’t want to appear as if we are taking over Zifa’s job. Zifa are the ones who are organising the trip and they should be the ones who should clarify the progress. It’s their case.”

Last week, Zifa gave a breakdown of the costs for the trip using a chartered plane.

“The best alternative available therefore is renting Air Zimbabwe’s plane for a maximum cost of US$ 114 900 and a minimum of US$ 83 000,” said Gwesela.

“If the team travels to the destination on Thursday 2 July, returning on Sunday the 5th of July, the plane will cost US$ 114 900 while flying on Friday and returning soon after the match will require US$ 83 000.”

Calisto’s Pasuwa’s charges resumed preparations for the game with an afternoon session yesterday afternoon at Rufaro Stadium. 

If the Warriors progresses they will set them up for a final qualifier against the winner between Lesotho and Botswana to determine who will proceed to the Chan finals in Rwanda next year.

Squad: Donovan Bernard, Mcini Sibanda, Danny Phiri (captain), Edmore Chirambadare, Lawrence Mhlanga, Blessing Moyo, Pritchard Mpelele, Carlos Rusere, Nqobizitha Masuku, Teenage Hadebe, Marshal Mudehwe, Emmanuel Mandiranga, Justice Jangano, Philana Kadewere, Farai Madanhanga, Ralph Kawondera, Marlvin Gaki, Gerald Takwara, Jimmy Konono

Comments (2)

Go warriors go we wish all the best in the match against Comoros despite the financial challenges u can make it guys continue to prove critics wrong

Mighto - 2 July 2015

go go go go warriors

rexon - 2 July 2015

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