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Warriors in demand

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FOLLOWING their impressive showing in the Africa Nations Championships (Chan) finals, the Warriors could be back in action on March 5 with as many as five countries “applying” for an international friendly match against the senior national team.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Wednesday March 5 is a Fifa date for international friendly matches.

The Ian Gorowa-coached side wrote a glorious page for Zimbabwean football after reaching the semi-finals of the Chan finals tournament in South Africa last month — the first team to achieve that feat at this level of the game.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela says it is their duty to ensure the national team remains competitive and would utilise every opportunity to develop the national team.

“As I speak we have received letters from five countries — Gabon, Libya, Malawi, Botswana and Dubai who are willing to play us on March 5 — a day reserved for international friendly matches by Fifa. We are currently looking at various logistics required to play any one of these countries. We will inform the football fraternity in due course the country we are going to play,” he said.

Zifa have previously failed to tie down opponents for the national team for international friendly matches on dates set aside by world soccer governing body Fifa for international friendly matches.

Libya, who were actually lucky to secure a draw against Gorowa’s well-oiled side is one of the countries that is still itching to play the Warriors.

The North Africans had wanted to play the Warriors before the Chan tournament and after managing a draw at the Chan competition, they are now convinced they can get a good practice match by playing Gorowa’s men.

Botswana have a new coach in Peter Butler who is also keen to play against Zimbabwe as preparations for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers start.

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