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Zifa protest at Caf treatment

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Zifa president Cuthbert Dube says they will write a letter to Caf to protest with the way the continental football mother body handled the FC Platinum versus El Merreikh Champions League match last week.

FC Platinum was forced to play at an imposed venue Rufaro Stadium after Caf deemed Zvishavane unfit to host the match because of lack of accommodation facilities.

This was despite incessant efforts by FC Platinum, who had arranged for chartered planes that would have taken the visiting team to the match venue.

Caf just played a difficult game for no apparent reason because FC Platinum had provided two planes. They seem to be very selective when dealing with issues involving North and West Africans. We are going to write a very strong letter to them because what they did was not fair at all.

We have been fighting with them all along and we will not stop shouting. It might take time for them to respond but one day it will sink into their heads that all the teams should be treated equally. Had FC Platinum played at Mandava, they could have won that match, said Dube.

He was speaking a the send off ceremony for the Young Mighty Warriors who leave for Nigeria this morning for a Fifa U-20 Womens World Cup qualifier.

Young Mighty Warriors coach Langton Giwa said his team will not be intimidated when they engage the more fancied Falconets in the first round, first leg at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta on Saturday.

I should thank Zifa and its partners for the support they have been giving us. We have been getting everything we want in preparation for this tie.

During the two weeks we were in camp in Hwange, we worked in all areas of the team and I believe the team is ready. We are going there with one thing in mind, that is to get a positive result. Nigeria is just a name, we are not afraid of them, said Giwa.

We want to get a result and then finish them when they come for the reverse fixture. I want to assure the nation that we will not disappoint, added Giwa.

Dube added: We are aware of the conditions that prevail there. When you go to North and West Africa, things are done differently from how we handle matters in this part of the continent.

Expect the very worst when you get to Nigeria but you will have to remain positive on the way you approach the game. As of now we are not even sure where you will be staying because we have been getting late and little responses from Nigeria. That should not distract you. Just go there and do your job, said Dube.

The team is expected to leave Harare this morning and will have a stopover in South Africa before connecting to Lagos in the afternoon and is expected to touch down at the Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos at around 2000hrs.

They will then make an hour long road trip from the Nigerian capital to the hosting city.

Squad: P Mukucha, E Timire, R Jongondi, E Chibanda, F Chasi, F Mapanga, K Chiparausha, D Bhobho, M Moyo, E Msipa, R Madongorere, M Chirandu, E Chaparangana, N Munemo, R Neshamba, R Makore, N Bizeki, T Tsungura (Captain).

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