Warriors confident of securing AFCON ticket

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By Leopold Munhende

WARRIORS captain Knowledge Musona leads a full strength squad which attended the side’s second training session at Harare International School Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s do-or-die AFCON qualifier against Congo.

Although the talismanic forward who now sits on four goals in the campaign set out the session, ZIFA president Felton Kamambo said that all was set for the game to be played at the National Sports Stadium.

The Warriors technical team monitored the forward before taking a precautionary measure to rest him for fear of aggravating his ankle knock.

“As ZIFA, on our part we are almost done…there are more than 10 000 tickets which have been sold already and the demand is so much that we are considering increasing the number of selling points.

“We are in negotiations with some Chinese shops near the National Sports Stadium to sell some of the tickets,” said Kamambo.

All foreign based players including injured Marvellous Nakamba – who came out of solidarity with his teammates – Tendayi Darikwa of Nottingham Forest and the full contingent from South Africa’s Absa premiership players are in camp and in high spirits.

Kamambo confirmed Wednesday that the team will be wearing its new Umbro kit on Sunday but revealed that they were yet to receive the consignment of four sets of kits from South Africa.

“We have received the weigh bill for the kit. We are now just waiting for it to come. I am sorry on the replicas. Umbro could not meet their deadline in order to supply the replicas. So for this match, we will not be having some replicas.”

A lot of scepticism has surrounded ZIFA’s new found relationship with the British sportswear giant and these could be further cemented by the fact that the Warriors wore an unbranded kit at today’s training session.

The Warriors opponents, who stopped their 1992 bid for the AFCON finals almost under similar circumstances, will land in the country on Friday.