The local contingent of the Zimbabwe senior national football team, the Warriors are still in Harare and expected to leave for Monrovia, Liberia via Johannesburg this Wednesday evening.
The technical team led by coach Sunday Chidzambwa, officials and three players are still in Harare while the ZIFA spokesperson and the advance party left on Tuesday evening.
Warriors’ team manager Wellington Mpandare told the ZBC News an advance party had left for Liberia while the local contingent comprising 3 players and 8 officials are set to leave via Johannesburg, tonight.
Travelling to West Africa is not easy and the Warriors’ technical team and ZIFA saw it prudent that foreign-based players fly direct from their bases in Europe to Liberia to minimise logistical challenges.
“Eight members of the technical team and FC Platinum duo of Kelvin Moyo and Rodwell Chinyengetere as well as France-based Tino Kadewere who asked to come home with his family, will leave this evening. Travelling to West Africa is not easy as very few airlines fly to Liberia…all foreign based players are flying from their bases in Belgium, England and SA. We expect everyone to be in Monrovia by Thursday evening,” said Mpandare.
The Warriors play their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia on Sunday.
Zimbabwe currently lead Group G comprising the DRC, Congo-Brazzaville and Liberia who are seated bottom of the table.
The Warriors need to win the match on Sunday to secure qualification for the 2019 AFCON finals with a game to spare.