Mussa volunteered to remain behind following revelations that ZIFA could only afford to pay for the players, the coaching staff and the head of delegation Kenny Marange.Mussa confirmed he was left behind and was still in Zimbabwe but refused to discuss the circumstances of him being here while the team is in Bamako. Mussa is in charge of the welfare of the players and also acts as the liasson person for the Warriors.
This is also the first time since the Warriors admission to international football in 1980 that the national team has travelled without its team manager.Khumalo has been seen in Harare and he too revealed that he failed to travel due to ZIFA ‘s financial problems.
ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube is said to have paid for the team’s trip from his own pocket.The association,s acting Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed that Mussa did not travel with the team due to limited finances adding that the association was doing its best under the current circumstances. ZIFA does not have an income nor a sponsor for the Warriors and rely on gatetakings from home matches to sustain national teams.
The Warriors are in Bamako for Saturday evening’s match which they need to win at all costs to remain in the run for a place at the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals. The Warriors are in third place with two points, one behind second placed Mali who have three points. Cape Verde lead the group with four points while Liberia are rock bottom with only one point.Only one team from the group qualifies fot the finals.