Lack Of Sponsorship Stops Supporters To Travel With Warriors

Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association president Eddie Nyatanga, popularly known as ‘Mboma’, said on Thursday the association had only managed to get sponsorship for only 10 supporters instead of the 120 they wanted. Nyatanga revealed that a number of companies that had pledged to bankroll the supporters’ body had chickened out at the last minute.

The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association does not have a financial base of its own and relies on donations to fund its activities.

Nyatanga and his supporters had planned to leave Harare by a chartered plane Thursday evening to give the Warriors support in their biggest match in the 2012 African Cup of Nations route.

However, the Warriors will now have to do with a small band of supporters in a country where there are very few Zimbabwean nationals

The Warriors are in a make or break situation in which they need to beat Cape Verde by any score line and hope that Mali lose to Liberia in the other match in the group in Monrovia.

The Warriors are on eight points while leaders Mali have 10 points. Liberia are out of the contest on four points but want to end their campaign on a high note.

The Warriors who are now ranked the 14th best national football team in Africa want to return to the African Cup of Nations finals after missing out in 2008 and 2010 having played at the festival in 2004 and 2006.