Zifa Resists Fans Calls For Warriors To Play At Rufaro Stadium

Players complained that the conditions at the over-used giant stadium were no longer conducive and asked for a switch to Rufaro stadium.
A Zifa spokesperson, Nicolette Dhlamini, said that the Warriors will play the crucial match against Burundi at the National Sports Stadium.

The Warriors were denied access into the stadium and had to cancel a training session before their trip to Mozambique last week.

“The match has been set for the National Sports Stadium and that has since been communicated to Caf and will not be changed,” said Dhlamini.

Besides concerns about the now bumpy surface, fans prefer Rufaro Stadium accessibility to most high density suburbs as well as the playing area’s close proximity to the grand stands.

The Warriors will however have to sharpen their strike force and hope they can get the goals to overturn the 2-1 deficit suffered away in Burundi in the first leg.

Strikers Knowledge Musona and Takesure Chinyama have both had a dip in form failing to hit the target in the last two matches with the Warriors picking just one point from a possible six and their World Cup hopes suffering a major blow.

Rahman Gumbo’s men switch their attention to Afcon this weekend and they will have to win that match to progress to the finals round of qualifiers to the finals to be hosted by south Africa next year.