, here comes another phenomenal blunder.
By Henry Mhara, Sports Reporter
The bungling association, who dissolved the senior national soccer team last week claiming that they wanted to build a team from the junior ranks, are at it again!
This time, they have failed to send the national Under-17 team to Congo Brazzaville for the African Youth Championships second round second leg on time.
The Young Warriors team was expected to leave for Congo this morning for the match set for this afternoon.
According to the team’s itinerary, the team was expected to leave at 1am this morning
aboard a Kenyan airways flight and expected to touch down in Congo at exactly 1pm after a stoppage in Nairobi, Kenya, for a match starting at 3pm.
Hoping that they would arrive at exactly 1pm, the team would go through some immigration formalities, meaning the boys would have less than an hour to prepare for the match.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze was not reachable for comment, while competitions manager Mabhande Mabhande was not answering his mobile phone. Young Warriors coach Lloyd Chigove, who is travelling with a makeshift squad after most of his regulars failed to travel because of examination commitments, was a bitter man.
“I feel things could have been done better. But at least they have given us a chance to go and fight for a place in the next round. We will do our best under these circumstances,” Chigove said.
The latest blip comes just a month after Zifa failed to send the Under-20 team to Angola for the African Youth Championship, owing to lack of finances.
Zifa are now facing a $5 000 fine and three-year ban for that blunder.