Zifa board member for competitions, Benedict Moyo said they had lined up the Mozambique friendly along with many others in order to give Warriors coach Tom Saintiet enough time to familiarise with his players and their way of play.
Moyo said they were expecting Saintiet to be back in the country before the day of the Mozambican friendly since the dDpartment of Immigration was already processing his work permit.
Saintiet was deported on October 5 after starting work without a work permit. He missed Zimbabwe’s African Cup of Nations qualiifier against Cape Verde. Under the coaching guidance of Norman Mapeza and Madinda Ndlovu, the Warriors could only manage a goaless draw, leaving them two points behind Cape Verde who lead the four team qualifiying group.
There is only one qualification place from each group with three best placed runners up also joining the party for the football festival to be played in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Moyo said they had faith in Saintiet and were confident he can take the Warriors to the 2012 Nations Cup or beyond.
The former Mighty Warriors coach said they had put everything in place for Saintiet to prepare his team fully as Zimbabwe seeks a return to the football extravaganza after missing out of the 2008 and 2010 finals.
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube is also on record as saying the association had mobilised enough financial resources to guaranteed the Warriors qualification for the 2012 Nations Cup adding that Zifa will not accept any excuses from the players.
The Warriors’ next game is against Mali in Bamako in March, 2011.The Warriors, though, will have to do without long term captain Benjani Mwaruwari who resigned from international football soon after the Cape Verde game.