Climate worries Pasuwa
23 December 2016
WARRIORS gaffer Kalisto Pasuwa is worried about the climatic conditions in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Warriors are expected to leave over the weekend for an international friendly against the Elephants on Boxing Day as part of preparations for the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.
The match will not feature most players announced in the provisional squad for AFCON 2017 and most of the foreign based players will not be available on Christmas day from their bases and Pasuwa resorted to a second string Warriors squad.
Pasuwa said, “I am not sure of the weather but my general understanding is that it’s hot and humid in West Africa. It is totally different from our weather conditions.
“If it’s too hot, I would want the referee to allow water breaks during the match. We hope that we get breaks to drink, otherwise we will put bottles around the pitch for the players.
“Dehydration is an element we have looked at in our training. Players are different, but some can lose up to four kilos during the match, so you have to keep them hydrated as much as possible.
“We hope that the referee will referee in a sensible way,” he said.
Pasuwa said that the heat and humidity would be an advantage for the hosts who are used to their climatic conditions.
“That is the reason we tried to get the players as fit as possible,” he said.
“I am quite conscious that it will also affect the Elephants team, but they are much more used to it.”
Pasuwa is also concerned about the hectic travelling arrangements that will see them boarding three flights to Abidjan.
“What I know is that we are leaving on Sunday. I understand we will need three flights to get there. I don’t know about our itinerary coming back home. I understand it will take us more than a day. That means the team will have a one-night stop awaiting a connecting flight.
“Manager (Sharif Mussa) is working on the logistics but it will be a hectic program. It’s a matter of a fixture that needs to be fulfilled since the hosts had prepared for it.”