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Warriors, Malawi clash moved to Rufaro as Zifa look ti increase revenue
30/05/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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ZIFA has shifted the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier between the Warriors and Malawi on Sunday to Rufaro Stadium as the association seeks ways of generating more revenue.

The Warriors played their last friendly match against Swaziland at the National Sports Stadium on Easter Monday but the football association made a loss despite grossing $92,009.

ZIFA board member Philemon Machana said Rufaro was more ideal as the majority of fans will not have to pay for transport to come and watch the match because of their proximity to the stadium.

The previous tie against Guinea at Rufaro grossed $88, 542 after selling 25,730 tickets while expenditure totalled $101,023resulting in a loss of $12,481.

Machana hopes for a bumper crowd at Rufaro given that the Warriors are playing well and have struck a bond with the supporters.

Zimbabwe currently top Group L on eight points with Guinea and Swaziland sharing second spot on five points each

“We have realised we are not getting much support from the corporate due to harsh economic conditions being experienced in the country,” said Machana.

“Corporate social responsibility has become a luxury so we must be self-sustainable in order to be able to fund operational costs. We have moved the match to the more central Rufaro to try and break even."

The Warriors are set to play Uganda in an international friendly at Rufaro on Tuesday in a dress rehearsal for the big clash on Sunday.

Most of the foreign based players headlined by Czech Republic based defender Costa Nhamoinesu arrived in the country on Sunday night ahead of the clash.

Golden Arrows forward Kuda Mahachi and Netherlands based midfielder Marvelous Nakamba also arrived on Sunday and took part in training with some of the locally based players.

The rest of the foreign based players, including Khama Billiat who was honoured for his stellar performances in the just ended season on Monday night, are expected in on Tuesday shortly before the match.

The Warriors can qualify for the nations cup finals for the first time since 2006 if they beat Malawi and Guinea fails to beat Swaziland this weekend.



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