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Musona Applauds Govt For Warriors’ AFCON Financial Package

Zim National Team Players
Zim National Team Players


By Sports Reporter


Warriors’ skipper Knowledge Musona has hailed Government for availing financial support to the Zimbabwe senior national team squad ahead of the AFCON finals.



The Warriors are in Cameroon and scheduled to participate in the 33rd edition of the AFCON tournament for the third consecutive time.



Zimbabwe travelled to the West African nation a week ago in preparation of the biennial competition.



They drew 0-0 with Sudan in a friendly match played last Sunday.



Of late, the team has been facing financial problems and whenever they appear at the AFCON finals they threaten to boycott some of their fixtures.



However, this time there are reportedly capacitated after Government set aside a budget of USD1 million for the nations cup.




The move which left captain Musona showering praise on the Government.
“I would like to thank the Government through the Sports and Recreation Commission for their support in paying players’ allowances on time and the camping of the team in Cameroon since 30 December 2021,” said Musona.



“This means a lot to us as players and we really appreciate it.



“As players, we are extremely grateful because it shows us how deeply our government cares about us and football.”



Musona said, “It will motivate us to do well and fight for the country as we always do.”



“We can now fully focus on preparing well for the tournament without any distractions. We are extremely grateful.”




Meanwhile, in a statement the SRC said,
“The SRC is in full support of all the efforts being channeled by the current Zifa secretariat in this regard.”



“A proposed budget of US$800 000 and $21 000 000 has been tabled. “This will cover the team’s mobilization into camp, preparation, travel and participation expenses, up to the end of the group phase of the tournament.”




Zimbabwe are lined up for a tough fixture against a strong looking side, Senegal on Monday in their tournament’s opener.




They will play Malawi four days after and clash with Guinea on January 18, respectively.



A 22-member squad is currently in camp in Bana about 80 kilometers from Baffousam where the Warriors games will be played.



AFC Bournemouth highly rated left-back Jordan Zemura who was in mandatory isolation after a Covid-19 scare at his club is the only player yet to join the rest of the squad.



But the rest of players conducted their first training session under the guidance of head coach Norman Mapeza in Bana yesterday.


Robert Tapfumaneyi