By Lawrence Trusida
WARRIORS striker, is Prince Dube is relishing the chance to lead the strike force for the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which starts on January 9 in Cameroon, however, he might not be able to live his dream as the FIFA deadline to the Sports and recreation Commission (SRC) to reinstate the suspended ZIFA board is hours away with nothing done.
The lanky striker is currently in Yaounde with the rest of the Warriors and they will leave for Bafousam on Wednesday where they are going to be based for their group B matches.
Prince Dube who last featured for the Warriors in 2020 when he scored in a two all draw against Algeria at the National Sports Stadium is relishing the chance to play his first AFCON tournament and showcase his talents to the rest of the world.
“I am happy to play for my country it’s an opportunity I really appreciate and I hope to help the nation do better, its been a difficult time for me with injuries but now I am back and hope to learn also from the best players.”
However playing at AFCON for Prince Dube might just remain a dream as SRC is yet to reinstate the fired ZIFA board with the 3 January FIFA deadline now just hours away.
Former Warriors defender Harlington Shereni believes for athletes who qualified they deserve to play at the tournament.
“The situation is bad as an athlete you fight so hard to qualify, now that they have qualified they deserve a chance to play at the tournament that changes lives and think of their preparations how do you give 100% when you don’t know if you are packing your bag the next day.”
For the fans, watching their team rub shoulders against the best on the continent is everything.
“We supported them to be there so the team needs to play at AFCON, all other issues can be solved but we need to be at AFCON because it would hurt if we fail to play.”
Zimbabwe will play their first match on the 10th of January against Senegal before facing Guinea and Malawi, but will the Warriors be still in Cameroon come the 10th or the axe will have fallen on them, due to the SRC – ZIFA stalemate, only time will tell.