Rufaro Stadium To Host Nations Cup Tie

Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said Rufaro stadium was selected because its easily accessible.

The Warriors held their first training session at the match venue Monday morning with only 15 players despite that most of them had promised to be available. Coach Norman Mapeza revealed that two members of the 22 member squad he had called for the match, Esrom Nyandoro of Mamelodi Sundowns and Noel Kaseke of Omonoia of Cyprus had pulled out of the game due to injuries. Mapeza said he had been informed by Mamelodi Sundowns that Nyondoro had injured his knee over the weekend and was due for an operation. Some of the players were not available for different reasons. For example Marlon Jani and Daniel Vheremi were still holed up in Bulawayo and Zvishavane after playing Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches for their clubs while the European based player, Justice Majabvi, Ovidy Karuru, and Quincy Antipas had also not yet arrived.

Mapeza, however, said he was happy with the mood in the camp and he was confident the Warriors would win against the Eagles of Mali.

The Warriors are in danger of missing out of the Nations Cup for the third time in a row having missed out of the 2008 and 2010 tournaments. Zimbabwe are in third position, four points behind second placed Mali and five adrift of leaders Cape Verde.

The Warriors need to win all their three remaining matches to get that vital automatic place at the finals as only one team from the four team group qualifies for the festival which groups the top 16 football teams from the continent.