Five friendlies lined up
THE Warriors are expected to play at least five international friendly matches before the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon next year.
According to ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa, the five matches are against South Africa, Mali, Libya, Cameroon and Gabon.
They come after two other preparatory friendlies against Zambia (1-0) and Tanzania (3-0) last month.
A match against Cameroon in Yaoundé has already been slated for January 10, next year whilst they will face South Africa on December 26.
Kalisto Pasuwa is expected to be in camp by December 22 and will be using the matches as part of preparations for the 31st edition of AFCON set to run from January 14 to February 5.
“We are coming up with a special program for our boys since they will resume training on December 22.
We have lined up a number of friendly matches ahead of their final appearance at AFCON and I can assure the nation of at least five preparatory matches before we go to Gabon.
“The first one will be on December 26, and on January 10 we will face Cameroon. Those are confirmed dates. We are still weighing up options and various programs for the players on how we will accommodate the other countries,” he said whilst addressing journalists on Wdnesday.
The Warriors have since moved eight places up on the latest FIFA Rankings released on December 1.
The Warriors are now on number 102 in the World and number 28 in Africa.
Chiyangwa also announced interests from Libya.
“You know we are going to AFCON and all eyes are on us. We have to take advantage of such a moment.
They will benefit from us, and we will also make sure we get something positive from them. They have offered us a very lucrative deal which I am yet to look at. They will fly us to Libya, pay for our accommodation and on top, they will provide allowances for my boys among other offers. Such an offer can’t be resisted.”
FIFA match agent Joe Kamga also confirmed in a letter written to ZIFA two weeks ago that they might possibly camp in Cameroon.
“Dear president after our conversation. I address to you of a possible friendly between you’re ‘A’ team men national team and the Cameroon of the same category on January 10 in Cameroon.”