Zifa Braces For A Fight Over Musona

Zifa through its Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze had on May 4; requested Chiefs to release Musona for the two legged tie
scheduled for June 25 and July 10 for the All Africa Games qualifier.

The two countries meet in a two legged qualifier the winner of which goes on to play in the All Africa Games to be staged in Maputo,
Mozambique from 3 to 18 September.

Although the game is not on the Fifa calendar where clubs are not obliged to release players for national duty, Young Warriors team
manager Wellington Mpandare says theirs is a different case where in the interest of fair play in world football, Fifa would be forced to

Mpandare says they are watching the developments with regards to the South African Under 23 squad with keen interest adding that if coach
Shakes Mashaba fields the two Kaizer Chiefs players against the Young Warriors, then they would lodge a complaint with the organisers of the
competition, the Confederation of African Football, the complaint of which, he adds, they will also forward to Fifa.

Kaizer Chiefs football manager, Bobby Motaung, on 17 May, wrote to Mashingaidze saying they were not going to release Musona for the
match as he would be going through a medical check up on the day the
two sides are supposed to meet.
Mpandare says it would have made any sense had Chiefs refused to release Musona when Zimbabwe was playing any other country than South
Africa where Chiefs have a special interest.

Radio VOP was unable to get a comment from Motaung or any of the Kaiser Chiefs officials to shed light on this development.

The Young Warriors are desperate to return to the All Africa Games finals having last featured in 1995 when Zimbabwe hosted the Games,
and won a silver medal behind Egypt, under the coaching guidance of Wieslaw Grabowski.

Mpandare, however, says after 14 years in the wilderness, the Warriors are poised to qualify, and will be aided by the fact that they will be
playing the second leg at home which gives them an advantage. Zimbabwe has played their second leg ties against Zambia and Botswana at home
and has won them in convincing fashion.