Thumps up to Zifa on Chidzambwa CHAN as­sign­ment

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ZIM­BABWE is still bask­ing in the glory of COSAFA Cas­tle Cup tri­umph which duly earned the Warriors the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of scouts from dif­fer­ent teams be­yond our bor­ders.

We duly join the na­tion in con­grat­u­lat­ing the Warriors for a splen­did show that kept our pride in­tact and raised hopes for a bet­ter fu­ture in our na­tional team’s in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments in foot­ball.

Now that the COSAFA tour­na­ment has come and gone, the na­tion will soon be shift­ing fo­cus to the Cham­pi­onship of African Na­tions (CHAN) sec­ond round qual­i­fier on Sun­day where the Warriors will be fac­ing Namibia away in Wind­hoek.

The game will be played at Sam Nu­joma Sta­dium at 3pm. The re­turn leg comes dur­ing the week­end of July 21 to 23 in Zim­babwe.

If the Warriors win the duel against Namibia, they will face the win­ner be­tween Le­sotho and Co­moros in the third round. The ac­tual CHAN tour­na­ment will run from Jan­uary 11 to Fe­bru­ary 2.

Kenya will be host­ing the fifth edi­tion of the Cham­pi­onship of Africa Na­tions.

How­ever, it is the idea by ZIFA to let Sun­day Chidzambwa lead the se­nior men foot­ball na­tional team again in this lat­est cam­paign, as op­posed to the ini­tial plan where another coach was sup­posed to take care of this CHAN as­sign­ment that is laud­able, given the re­cent im­pres­sive out­ing in the just-ended COSAFA Cas­tle Cup tour­na­ment in South Africa.

Chidzambwa was re­paid by ZIFA with fur- ther Warriors du­ties, hav­ing been ini­tially pro­nounced as the COSAFA Cas­tle Cup coach ex­clu­sively. His whole tech­ni­cal team also con­tin­ues along with him. It is the thought of con­ti­nu­ity that we at­tach too much im­por­tance to that we find rea­son in main­tain­ing a win­ning team.

ZIFA has been fac­ing in­tense crit­i­cism from crit­ics af­ter a bizarre ar­range­ment that left the Warriors with three dif­fer­ent coaches for three dif­fer­ent as­sign­ments, namely COSAFA Cas­tle Cup, CHAN tour­na­ment and the Africa Cup of Na­tions.

Now that Chidzambwa has been given the green light to con­tinue with the CHAN as­sign­ment, neu­trals will most prob­a­bly see rea­son in the de­ci­sion by ZIFA to al­low con­ti­nu­ity and con­sis­tency in our flag­ship foot­ball team.

Chidzambwa has since re­leased the names of an 18-mem­ber foot­ball squad to play away to CHAN qual­i­fier and our hope is that the team will even do much bet­ter.

We also de­rive op­ti­mism for a bet­ter per­for­mance in the CHAN as­sign­ment given that af­ter im­pres­sive per­for­mances in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League, Caps United’s duo of Ron­ald Chi­tiyo and Ab­bas Amidu were also in­cluded in the squad to bat­tle against the Namib­ians away from home.

More so, as we come out of a highly suc­cess­ful COSAFA Cas­tle Cup cam­paign, there is ev­ery rea­son for ev­ery foot­ball lov­ing Zim­bab­wean to be­lieve that our na­tional team has what it takes to main­tain the mo­men­tum and keep the Zim­bab­wean flag fly­ing high in in­ter­na­tional foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions.

For now, we can af­ford to sit back, re­lax and chant Go Warriors Go!

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