Zifa appeals to fans

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has urged fans to come in their numbers to support the Warriors in tomorrow’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland at the National Sports Stadium.

Zimbabwe were below par on Good Friday as they emerged with a 1-1 draw against Sihlangu at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Mbabane.

The hosts scored first through forward Felix Badenhorst in the second minute before the Warriors equalised through an own goal by defender Njabulo Ndlovu right on the stroke of half-time.

Sihlangu remain top of the group with five points while Zimbabwe are in second-place on five points but behind on goal difference.

Malawi and Guinea are both on two points each after they played out a goalless draw in Conakry on Friday night.

“Zifa will use the match as a fundraising mechanism and we appeal to the nation to support our beautiful national team,” Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police will deploy vigilant security details to provide security and safety to the multitude of fans. Zifa have also engaged a private and reputable security company to complement law enforcement agents.”

Gate charges for the match have been pegged at $3 for rest of the ground, $5 for Bays 15-18 and $20 VIP.

“We appeal to fans and football lovers to come to the stadium early as gates will open at 10 am...”

This will be the first time the Warriors will be playing at the venue since the 2-2 draw against Tanzania in June 2014 during the qualifiers for the 2015 Afcon.

The Warriors have been hosting their qualifiers at Rufaro Stadium but a number of players have complained about the state of the venue’s artificial turf.

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