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Zimbabwe Warriors travel to Swaziland by road, number of players reduced

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THE Warriors have again had to endure a hectic journey in their trip to Swaziland for Good Friday’s 2017 Afcon qualifier as they travelled by road from Johannesburg to Lobamba.
The number of players making the trip also had to be reduced from 24 to 18, team officials revealed.
Kalisto Pasuwa’s side last June embarked on a punishing road trip to Malawi for another Group L Afcon qualifier, after the players missed their flight from Harare to Blantyre while protesting unpaid camping allowances and winning bonuses.
This time around, logistical challenges saw the team fly to Johannesburg early Thursday before connecting by road to Lobamba. It is a 300km journey from Johannesburg to Lobamba and close to four hours.
Warrior’s manager Sharif Mussa said the arrangement was effected by circumstances beyond their control.
“We will leave Harare at 6am to Johannesburg on Thursday and we will connect to Swaziland the same day,” Mussa said ahead of the trip.
“A luxury bus will be waiting for us at OR Tambo International Airport. We are sure by 3pm we would have arrived and we take a rest before we train for the match.”
He added: “We would have wanted to fly to Swaziland but there have been some complications which we could not rectify.
“We would have also wanted to travel with all 24 players in camp instead of just 18 players we are taking with us.”
Initial arrangements would have seen the team travel in two batches but that was abandoned for a single trip.
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa had on Wednesday promised to assist in having all players in camp travel but officials said this had proved difficult to arrangeAdvertisement