Zifa has re-affirmed the Under-19 Young Warriors trip to South Africa for the Metropolitan Super Cup, which had raised eye-brows in some sections of the football fraternity, with fears it could be a bogus competition.
The soccer mother body’s acting president Kenny Marange yesterday confirmed the trip is on, despite it being a club tournament. Marange said it was the Council for Southern African Football Association (Cosafa)’s idea for the competition to involve clubs with few nations invited.
“The team is going. We have authentic documents for the invitation. Everything was done above board. The competition was for nations but it was Cosafa’s idea to have the tournament involve clubs and invite few nations and they have started off with Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Namibia,” Marange said.
The acting Zifa president said Cosafa chief executive officer, Sue Destombes is coordinating the competition.
“Sue is actually co-ordinating the tournament,” Marange said.
Two Premier Soccer League clubs in Bulawayo, Chicken Inn and Bantu Rovers had threatened not to release their players for the tournament fearing it could be a phony tournament related tp betting syndicates. The clubs were concerned why Zimbabwe had been invited to the tournament if it was a clubs’ competition.
However, on Wednesday Destombes confirmed the tournament although she said it was not a Cosafa-sponsored nor organised competition.
Destombes said since it was a clubs’ tournament, the national teams invited could use aliases particularly for the competition.
l Meanwhile, Eddie Chivero, the manager of the team said he was expecting players who were called up for the squad to start trooping in for camp at the Zifa Village on Thursday.
“All other logistics have not changed. I expect the boys to be coming in for camp at the Zifa Village today (Thursday). We will be leaving for South Africa on April 20,” Chivero said.
The team is coached by Railstars gaffer Mandla Mpofu.