warriors.jpgThe Warriors will open their African Nations Championships campaign with an encounter against Niger at Wad Madani Stadium this Saturday evening, amid allegations of sub-standard accommodation facilities offered to the team in the host country Sudan.


It will be a moment of reckoning for a new look Warriors team that will be looking to prove its critics wrong when they lock horns with Niger at Wad Madani Stadium in Sudan.

The Warriors, who left for Sudan in the early hours of Thursday morning, are set to showcase their ability with the likes of Soccer Star of the Year Charles Sibanda, Washington Arubi and upcoming Under 23 players such as Archiford Gutu, Denver Mukamba and Simbarashe Sithole expected to lead from the front.

After failing to surpass the group stage at the inaugural edition hosted by Cot d’Ivoire, Saturday’s encounter will be of extreme importance to a side that will be looking to get past the first stage in a group which also includes Ghana and South Africa.

While many may know little about the Warriors’ opposition, recent results show Niger are no push overs especially after the West African nation beat African champions Egypt 1-nil in an African Nations Cup qualifier in October.

Niger also played a 1-all draw with Western African giants Nigeria.

However, these results may count for nothing when considering teams at the CHAN event will only be fielding players that ply their trade on home soil.

Zimbabwe is yet to lose a CHAN match since the tournament started in 2008.