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Warriors-Chipolopolo friendly for November?

[Posted 22 Oct 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Zimbabwe could face Zambia on 17 November in a friendly match

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) are close to securing an opponent for a friendly match on the next official FIFA date set aside for such matches, 17 November.

After impassioned attempts to lure Ghana to Harare, courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority appear to have yielded no fruits, ZIFA have now turned their attention to their northern neighbours Zambia.

Contact has already been made with the embattled Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), among other associations who have been approached for a possibility of giving the Warriors a good practise match before end of 2010.

ZIFA have approached the likes of Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Angola, but the Zambians, who are under the stewardship of African legend Kalusha Bwalya, recently agreed with their neighbours to assist each other prepare for major tournaments through friendlies. They are the most likely to play Zimbabwe in November.

We have written to other regional countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi and Angola in our search for an opponent for the Warriors for the November 17 Fifa date.

“But the Zambians were the first to respond and show interest. They have promised to come back to us with a concrete answer most probably by the end of this week,” Zifa board member for competitions Benedict Moyo said this week.

Zimbabwe's undoing in the past has been poor preparations before crucial matches. The Warriors have always been thrown into the deep end without the coaches getting the benefit of testing combinations in good friendly matches.

Zambia, Angola and South Africa always give the Warriors a good preparatory match. When these Southern African teams meet, pride is always at stake, and the ties are often competitive.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will play their next competitive match in the AFCON qualifiers only in March, and will need as many practise matches as possible to keep in shape, or rather to get into shape.

The Warriors have been heavily criticised for their laclustre performance at home in their second drawn match against Group A leaders Cape Verde on 10 October at the National Sports Stadium.

The obvious has since become known to the public, that there were more problems in the Warriors camp than the mere Tom Saintfeit saga, which saw the Belgian being asked to leave the country, and the team being absurdly coached by two men with equal powers.

Needless to say, there was discord in the team, with two camps, either strongly opposed to or in support of Norman Mapeza or Madinda Ndlovu, the co-coaches on 10 October. The Warriors were hardly a united team on the pitch, and it was evident in their lifeless performance.

It has also since emerged that the players were unhappy with the meagre allowances they received from ZIFA, and the fact that some of them had to pay for their airfares out of their own pockets, only to be refunded when they arrived.

ZIFA have not yet confirmed or denied the players' claims as yet.

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