More Problems For Warriors
The Warriors had to seek alternative accommodation for the night after also failing to travel to Mozambique as scheduled Thursday due to ticket problems.
In fact, the management at Pandari Lodge had hung onto the players’ passports before Zimbabwe Football Association President Cuthbert Dube had to place one of his houses on offer to settle the hotel accommodation.
Although Pandari Lodge management could not be reached for comment, Zifa Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed the Pandari debacle but said the issue has since been resolved though from the events that unfolded the Warriors are unlikely to be allowed back again.
He said the problem is that Zifa does not have money and relies on Warriors match gate takings to sustain the national team, the money of which is not enough.
Only last Sunday, Dube was crying over lack of government funding saying in all other countries the national teams are bankrolled by their governments in international football.
With Pandari Lodge now an unlikely venue, the Warriors will even have more accommodation problems in future as most of the hotels in the city have refused to accommodate Zifa because of their record in payment.
The Warriors are supposed to remain in camp until after June 17 when they play Burundi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the National Sports Stadium.
The developments in the Warriors camp does not do well to their morale ahead of Sunday’s match which they need to win at all costs to remain in contention for a place at the 2014 World Cup finals to be held in Brazil.
This also comes after the Warriors were beaten 1-0 at home by Guinea in their first game in the run up to Brazil.
Egypt is at the top of the table sharing the lead with Guinea on three points while the Warriors are third without a point, with Mozambique at the bottom without a point.
A defeat for the Warriors against the Mambas will no doubt end the Warriors World Cup campaign, long before the real competition has started