Zimbabwe Warriors Seek Friendly With Ghana Black Stars

Tendai Madzorera, the Fifa vice president in charge of all national teams revealed that they have written to the Ghanaian Football Fedreation expressing their desire for the Warriors to engage the 2010 African Cup of Nations runners up in Harare in March.

Madzorera said they were waiting for a response from the Ghanaian football authorities which they hoped would be a positive one.

Although some say Zifa’s attempt is an ambitious project, and that Ghana would look far beyond Zimbabwe, probably Europe or other top African footballing nations for a friendly, Madzorera was optimistic that Zifa would bring the exciting Black Stars to Rufaro.

Zifa’s optimism is borne, in part, on the basis that the Black Stars are still experimenting with their players to see whom they can take to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and as a result, would welcome any opportunity presented to them to assess their players.

Also to their advantage, Madzorera said, was that Ghana would love to play in Harare during the period of March to have a feel of the weather they are going to endure when they play in South Africa during the World Cup.

The Zifa supremo added that they have pencilled the match on a Fifa date in order for the Black Stars to bring their best team available since the Warriors are also using such matches to build a strong team for future international engagements.

A Fifa date is a day set aside by the international football body for national teams to engage themselves in friendly matches. Clubs are required to release their players for national duty should their countries need their services.

“Ghana have not yet finalised their team for the World Cup and they would welcome any opportunity like the one we we have presented for them to look at their players. We are confident they will respond positively to out proposal,” said Madzorera.

If the match goes through, it will be the second time that the Black Stars would be in Zimbabwe for a friendly. In 1996, a star studded Black Stars team featuring the likes of the legendary Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah played a freindly match against the Warriors at Rufaro Stadium on their way to the 1996 African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.

Ghana were the first African team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and missing their regulars and fielding a predominently youthful side, they also reached the final of the African Nations Cup in Angola where they lost 1-0 to Egypt.