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Warriors headache over Bots friendly


Zimbabwe’s Kaizer Chiefs stars might miss the Warriors’ proposed international friendly match against Botswana on January 8 after the South Africans organised another game against Ghana.

The Warriors-Botswana game is scheduled for Barbourfields and also serves as coach Norman Mapeza’s preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi in February.

Chiefs’ game against the Black Stars takes place on January 12 and it’s highly unlikely they will release their five players for the game.

Chiefs are home to Thomas Sweswe, Tinashe Nengomasha, new hero Lincoln Zvasiya, Zhaimu Jambo and Willard Katsande and might just add Black Mambas attacking midfielder Brian Abbas Amidu to their books by the end of this week.

Ghana’s Black Stars will face their South African counterparts, Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs as part of preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana, four-time (Afcon) winners, will fine-tune their preparations for the continental showpiece with two games during their training camp in South Africa.

The Black Stars will pitch camp in the South African city of Rustenburg to wrap up preparations for the continental showpiece football event.

The Ghanaian team has fond memories of the mining city after the huge support they received during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

According to the programme outlined by the Ghana Football Association, the Black Stars will be in South Africa from 7-19 January, 2012 and will train at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

On January 12, they will face Chiefs before engaging Bafana Bafana at the same venue three days later.

The two high-profile games will afford coach Goran Stevanovic the opportunity to rehearse tactics and techniques with his charges ahead of the final tournament.

The Black Stars will depart for Gabon on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 28th edition of the continental showpiece.

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