Zifa an­nounces com­mit­tee to mo­bilise Af­con funds

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIFA will soon an­nounce a com­mit­tee to mo­bilise funds for the War­riors ahead of the To­tal African Cup of Na­tions that will be held in Gabon next year.

Zim­babwe qual­i­fied for their third ap­pear­ance at the fi­nals with a game to spare. Their maiden qual­i­fi­ca­tion was in 2004 in Tu­nisia fol­lowed by a sec­ond ap­pear­ance in Egypt two years later. The agony re­turned af­ter 2006 un­til the ap­point­ment of Cal­listo Pa­suwa as coach.

With qual­i­fi­ca­tion achieved, Zifa wants to en­sure the War­riors don’t go to Gabon to make up num­bers and is there­fore try­ing to leave no stone un­turned in a bid to make sure the trip is not dis­turbed by ad­min­is­tra­tive pot­holes.

“We should be fi­nal­is­ing the finer de­tails on Thurs­day when I come back,” said Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa. The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to be made up of cap­tains of in­dus­try, icons of the game and other sport celebri­ties. The Af­con 2017 qual­i­fiers wrap up next month with Zim­babwe tak­ing on Guinea in Con­akry in Group L, while Malawi play host to Swazi­land. Zim­babwe, Guinea-Bis­sau, Ghana, Morocco, Al­ge­ria, Cameroon, Sene­gal and Egypt are the only coun­tries that have booked their places in the fi­nals along­side hosts Gabon. Caf have since an­nounced that the draw for the fi­nals will take place in Li­bre­ville on Oc­to­ber 19 where teams will be put into four groups of four. Zim­babwe have failed to progress be­yond the group stages in their two pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance at the fi­nals.

Philip Chiyangwa

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