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THE Warriors will arrive home on Monday night to a party to be hosted by Zifa.

Following a Chan campaign in South Africa that ended on Saturday with them finishing as the fourth best team, the Warriors would be treated to some celebrations soon after arriving.

They were edged by Nigeria 1-0 on Saturday in the third and fourth place play off.

It was a campaign where Zimbabwe for the first time reached at least the quarter finals of a continental competition.

They are expected to touch down at Harare International Airport at 2100hrs and Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said a party would be held at a local hotel.

“The national team deserves due recognition because no they came close to claiming the trophy itself. Hard work got them to that stage and as Zifa we applaud that. We urge fans to turn out in their large numbers and give the Warriors a heroes' welcome,” Gwesela said.

A row over winning bonuses however threatens to spoil the party.

Meanwhile coach, Ian Gorowa, has revealed that because one of his players was red carded in the first half of the game against Nigeria, he opted for a penalty shoot-out to oust the Eagles but the plan failed.

"When you are down in the first quarter of a game like that and against a strong side like Nigeria you will want to make a statement by being cautious and then eventually waiting for a penalty shoot-out,” he said.

But we defended and defended and at a point we caved. But I was really looking forward to a penalty shoot-out that never was."

Gorowa praised the resilience of the Nigerian side, while declaring that Zimbabwe as a country had garnered immeasurable knowledge for playing in the semi-final of CHAN, urging other SADC member nations to keep pushing for the top in African and world football.


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