The warriors were knocked out of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON2019)
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) says the warriors gave it all despite being eliminated in the group stages of the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt, which was sealed by 4-nil loss to the DRC.
In an apology to the nation ZIFA said the focus is now on the future.
ZIFA’s statement on their website read, “ZIFA appreciates the commitment and efforts of all the players and the technical team during the tour of duty. The Association believes that the technical team, players and the officials fell while trying their best and would like to thank them for being our ambassadors. As the team heads back home, ZIFA will take time to introspect and lay a foundation for a better football future in order to guarantee better performances at such high profile tournaments… It is ZIFA’s firm belief that the review exercise should take a sober approach that is not clouded by a lot of emotions.”
The local football governing body apologized for the team’s poor show, saying it is “equally heartbroken because the intention was for the team to go further than the group stage and make history”
The Association thanked the nation, supporters, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his government, THE SRC, the WARRIORS fundraising committee chaired by Minister Kazembe Kazembe, sponsors and partners for the roles they played to make this campaign possible