The Warriors 2019 AFCON Fundraising Committee will be hosting a dinner on Wednesday at a Harare hotel, targeting to raise US$500 000 for the national team.

The Warriors might have already departed for the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt, but their welfare remains a key priority for the government, which has committed to ensure that the team represents the country with pride.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to grace Wednesday’s fundraising event, the first major activity that the Fundraising Committee will be undertaking following its appointment by the President last month.

“We are targeting to raise US$500000 which will go towards the upkeep of the Warriors and other ancillary requirements. It is our firm conviction that if we support our team, they will be motivated to perform hence it is our clarion call to everyone to support us materially and financially,” said Dr Eve Gadzikwa, the Warriors 2019 AFCON Fundraising Committee’s Communications Sub Committee Chairperson.

“As the Fundraising Committee we are inviting all stakeholders to come on board and support the Warriors. I must also assure the nation at large that all resources realized from this campaign will be applied towards their rightful purpose and fully accounted for, we are mindful of the need to be transparent and accountable in our dealings to earn the trust of stakeholders,” she added.

Dr Gadzikwa indicated that the fundraising launch and dinner would signify the roll out of the public relations campaign to rally the nation around the Warriors as they take to the field at the premier African football showpiece.

The Warriors, who will be taking part at the AFCON for the 4th time in their history after the 2004, 2006 and 2017 tournaments, hope to go past the group stages for the first.

Drawn in Group A, alongside hosts and Egypt, Uganda and the DRC, the Warriors’ dream would be realised if they finish in the top two in their group.

There is also lifeline teams finishing outside the top twos in their groups as 4 third best placed teams from all groups will make it to the last 16.