FRIENDS of the Warriors are organising six buses to ferry supporters to Zambia for Saturday’s return leg of the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) set for Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
REPORT BY KEVIN MAPASURE
Friends of the Warriors secretary-general Arnold Whande yesterday said that they were negotiating with the government and a private company to get six buses.
“As the supporters we want to do our part, we want to be there in numbers. We are negotiating and we should be able to get at least six buses,” said Whande. “The plan is to depart on Friday and we are looking at getting fans in from different parts of the country.
“We are urging all those who want to travel to go and buy national regalia from the Zifa office so that we reflect our purpose of travel. The brass band and our cheerleaders will be part of the travelling team and we want to go there and make an impression and help the team achieve its goal of qualifying to Chan. The fixture is still very much alive and this is the time the Warriors need us more than ever.”
After the nil-all stalemate in Harare on Sunday, the Warriors will sail through with at least a scoring draw, while the hosts need nothing short of an outright victory.
Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa reinforced his squad with the inclusion of Bruce Kangwa and Kuda Mahachi as he seeks a winning formula.
The Warriors beat Mauritius 3-0 away in the previous round, but were held at home.
But the Zambians are not giving the Warriors a chance in the magnificent Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza told the Times of Zambia that qualification for Zambia was almost guaranteed.
Mwanza said as an incentive to the fans, FAZ decided to make three-quarters of the stadium seats affordable with seats for three of the four wings of the elegant stadium going for K20 and K50, respectively.
“This is unprecedented! Over three-quarters of the stadium will be going for K20 and K50. We (FAZ) want as many people as possible to get the stadium full to capacity,” he said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
Chipolopolo returned to training yesterday while Zimbabwe took time off to give the players a rest after Monday’s training. The Warriors will return to training today ahead of their scheduled departure tomorrow.