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Afcon: ZIFA fails to secure Nigeria friendly

03/10/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Zimbabwe national soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa
 
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ZIFA was by Monday still to secure a friendly match for the Warriors ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon in January.

The soccer mother body had hoped to take advantage of Nigeria who travel to Zambia for their World Cup qualifier on Sunday to play them in an international friendly but nothing had materialised by Monday. 

This weekend has been set aside for the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it means the Warriors, who were kicked out of the race for failure to pay former coach Brazilian Valinhos, will be inactive despite taking part in the January Afcon tournament.

ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela on Monday appeared to suggest that it was no longer possible, for the association to secure an opponent during this break.

“We are still negotiating with a number of countries. You will get the official position tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Remember this is not the only international break left, there is still another break in November,” said Gwesela.

ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa has previously claimed that several big teams were willing to play the Warriors in an international friendly match.

Zimbabwe will, for the first time in ten years, dine with the big boys at the African Nations Cup table in Gabon in January next year after they defeated Malawi in June to secure qualification with a game to spare.

The Warriors have been named as one of the bottom seeds of the tournament draw which takes place on October 19.

Kalisto Pasuwa’s men were placed in pot four, which means they cannot be drawn alongside some of the weaker nations at the tournament that include

They will draw one of Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco and Egypt from pot three, while there is the prospect of being placed in the same pool as Mali, Tunisia, Burkina Faso or Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pot one features hosts Gabon, holders Ivory Coast, Ghana and Algeria.

To best prepare his team for the tough tournament, Pasuwa had requested for friendlies with North or West African nations.



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