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Broke ZIFA sweat over Warriors friendly
26/02/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
I need to assess foreign-based players ... Ian Gorowa

THE proposed international friendly for the Warriors scheduled for March 5 has been thrown into uncertainty amid reports that the cash strapped Zifa is unable to fly in the foreign based stars.

Warriors coach Ian Gorowa has insisted he wants foreign based players for the friendly match as he prepares for the 2015 African Cup of Nations campaign.

Gorowa says the tie to be played on a day set aside for international practice matches by world soccer governing body (Fifa) would give him the opportunity to assess the foreign based contingent.

Six countries including Gabon, Rwanda, Botswana, United Arab Emirates and Malawi are reported to have written to Zifa expressing their interest to play the Warriors.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela, however insisted the match would go ahead.

"The match will go ahead as planned. We are just finalising on logistic issues before we let you know who we are playing. As Zifa we take pride in the independence of our technical team so the coaches will give us their squad for this match," said Gwesela.

“This is a very important international friendly. I want foreign-based players for that match. Without the foreign based players it will be difficult for me since most of them will be playing in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers," said Gorowa.

The Warriors will start the 2015 campaign in the second round in May. They can play among other countries, Botswana, Swaziland, Chan holders.

Fourteen teams will make it to the third round where they will also engage in two legged contests on 18 July and 1-3 August.

Gorowa’s men can play among other countries, Botswana, Swaziland, Chan holders Libya, Uganda, Mozambique, Congo and Benin in the second round.


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