Warriors are in good hands — Chiyangwa

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa yesterday assured the Warriors their bonuses and other needs for the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals will be catered for.

Chiyangwa, who was elected into office on December 5, attended the Warriors’ afternoon training session at Gateway High School yesterday.

After the training session, the Zifa president together with board member for finance Philemon Machana addressed the players and also held a short meeting with coach Calisto Pasuwa and agreed to organise a friendly match with Mozambique.

After the 2014 Chan finals in South Africa where the Warriors finished fourth after reaching the semi-finals there was a huge fallout between Zifa and the players over the winning bonuses dispatched by the Confederation of African Football.

Chiyangwa does not want a repeat of the same fiasco this early in his term hence the decision to meet the players before their departure for the competition which starts on January 16 in Rwanda.

“You saw the players clapping hands after I talked to them and it means that they are happy. The players are in high spirits and the coach is in good spirits. So far so good,” said Chiyangwa.

“I told you earlier on about friendly matches and my coach has instructed me to probably invite or we go to Mozambique. So our target is to play Mozambique.

“I’m going to talk to my Mozambican counterpart and hear what is his thinking in terms of dates for the match.”

Chiyangwa added: “I promised the players a lot of stuff and all I can tell you is that they are happy. They are in good hands and they are going to be well taken care of by my director of finance, who is here.”

Pasuwa said with the support his squad is receiving from Zifa they will try their best to bring a good result from Rwanda where the Warriors are in Group D together with Zambia, Mali and Uganda.

“Everything is okay and you can see that the president is here, he has come to the ground and it shows that the support is there,” he said.

“What is left is for us to go to Rwanda and repay him for the support he has given to us.”

Warriors captain Danny “Deco” Phiri, who has not trained since the squad regrouped at the weekend, sat out yesterday’s training session due to an ankle injury.

“We are still waiting for the doctors to give us an update on his injury.

“If you remember Danny last played in the final against Highlanders and until now he hasn’t trained.

“We have to hear from the doctor tomorrow (today)whether he will be part of the squad going to Rwanda.”

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