Warriors date Zambia, Tanzania

HARARE - The Warriors have lined up a friendly against Zambia and Tanzania in the build-up to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to be held in Gabon next January.

Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Philip Chiyangwa confirmed that Kalisto Pasuwa’s men will take on Chipolopolo this Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.

It is not immediately clear how Warriors coach Pasuwa would assemble a side in time for Saturday’s match against the former African champions.

The Fifa International Match Calendar has provisions for clubs to release their players from November 7 to 15.

On the same day, the Chibuku Super Cup final between Ngezi Platinum Stars and FC Platinum will be taking place at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro Ngezi.

When asked regarding the timing of the fixture, Chiyangwa said: “National teams are a collective of our best players against those of other countries. I will have the team on the 5th.”

According to the agreement for both matches, the Tanzanian and Zambian associations will cover their airfares from Dar es Salaam and Lusaka while Zifa will take care of their accommodation and local transport while in Harare.

The two clashes will give Pasuwa’s charges a good run as they prepare for the Afcon finals.

Zimbabwe were pooled in a tough Group B for the tournament which also includes continental heavyweights Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

The Warriors need all the help they can get as they prepare to square up against these aristocrats of African football.

Although they did not qualify for next January’s tournament in Gabon, Chipolopolo and the Taifa Stars are strong sides on the continent.

There were also plans for the Mighty Warriors to take on their Tanzanian counterparts on November 13 but the Twiga Stars have a date with Cameroon.

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