"I Will Take Responsibility" – Warriors Coach

“People should not look at what happened in camp but to the games we will play. As the coach, I am happy with my team. I am positive they will do well. Whatever happens, I will be responsible for the results,”said Ndlovu.

Despite the financial problems that have dogged the team since the start of camp on January 9, and the heavy criticism that went on with his appointment, Ndlovu said he will accept blame if the Warriors fail to go beyond the first round of the 16 team competition.

Zimbabwe begin their Chan campaign against Niger on Saturday before taking on Ghana’s Black Stars on February 9 and will wind up their group matches against South Africa on 13 February. The quarter finals will start on February 18.

The Warriors one month camp has not been a bed of roses. The team at one time went on strike for non payment of the promised allowances. The team was also housed for much of the camping period at a lodge in the Avenues in Harare instead of their normal hotel accomodation.

Ndlovu’s reign too has not been without incidents as his appointment was heavily criticised in preferrance of Norman Mapeza. But Madinda said his focus was on the team.

Zimbabwe were eliminated in the first round at the 2009 after drawing all their three first round matches. Two teams from the group will qualify for the quarter finals.