By Anashe Murombedzi
The Zimbabwe senior men national football team, the Warriors have started trooping into camp despite the uncertainty over their participation at the Africa Cup of Nations finals set for Cameroon next month.
The Warriors technical department is not leaving anything to chance regards preparations for Africa’s biggest football showpiece, which kicks off in Cameroon on the 9th of next month.
The technical department is not being distracted by the looming FIFA ban with some of the players reporting for duty this Thursday.
“Local based players have reported to camp with the exception of Teenage Hadebe who is in Bulawayo, then we have Talbert Shumba, Temptation Chiwunga, Ishmael Wadi and the other South African guys will come tomorrow as well as Zambian and Tanzanian guys, today people are getting tested before they check in and they will stay in a bubble for three days after that they get tested again if we get a clean bill then we start training,” said team manager, Wellington Mpandare.
Foreign-based players like captain Knowledge Musona, Tinotenda Kadewere and Admiral Muskwe are expected to join their fellow countrymen in Cameroon.
The 30-member squad will be reduced to 28 on the 31st of this month with youngsters; Bill Antonio and Panashe Matimbanyoka keeping their fingers crossed that they will not face the chop.
Meanwhile, regional rivals and Zimbabwe’s opponents in B, Malawi have started a ten-day camp in Saudi Arabia.
The Flames are set to play two friendly matches against Mali and Comoros before going to AFCON.