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ZIMBABWE football reached new lows last night after coach Kalisto Pasuwa failed to release his squad for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group L qualifier against the Flames of Malawi set for Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

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Should the Warriors fail to fulfil the match, they will face a ban from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in addition to another World Cup ban by Fifa.

While it is understood that the squad was picked over the weekend and was supposed to have been released on Sunday, it seems the same old financial problems cropped up as there is no money for camping, allowances and the trip itself.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from Pasuwa and team manager Sharif Mussa failed while Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze was not picking up his phone.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said last night after 8pm: “I was expecting the team today (yesterday). The matter is being handled by the general secretary (Mashingaidze), but we are hoping to get it tomorrow (today), so that we prepare immediately.

“We acknowledge that we are running out of time, but our preparations have been hampered by the lack of financial resources.”

Zifa has no money, no corporate sponsors or even government funding and has had to rely on the benevolence of its president Cuthbert Dube for funding.

Now that the Zifa councillors want him out by next week, he has seemingly tied up his pursestrings after the humiliation of having his household property and cars attached last month over a debt owed to a local hotel that had accommodated the Warriors.

Sources last night told NewsDay Sport: “Three days of training is not enough for the coach. Clearly, there is no money for camping, allowances and bonuses for both the players and the technical team.

“The board members can’t raise any funding, they have been too dependent on the president (Dube) and now he is saying the councillors want him out, so why should he bother.

“The Ministry (of Sport, Arts and Culture) is broke and so is the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), so there is no one to turn to.”

Dube was also not picking up his phone last night.

Pasuwa, though, is expected to name a strong squad featuring the likes of striker Knowledge Musona who plays his club football in Belgium for KV Oostende, and the Mamelodi Sundowns duo of forwards Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila.

Kaizer Chiefs anchorman Willard Katsande, Mpumalanga Black Aces striker Tendai Ndoro, the Pretoria University duo of goalkeeper Washington Arubi and defender Partson Jaure and Supersport United goalkeeper George Chigova are also expected to be called in at short notice.

While the Warriors were in a quandary, Malawi lost 2-1 to Egypt last night in an international friendly as they prepared for the crucial qualifier against the Warriors.

Ahmed Hassan Mekky scored the opener for Egypt in the 19th minute before Mohammed El Gabbas added the second two minutes after the break.

The Flames reduced the arrears through John Christopher Banda in the 64th minute.

The Flames coach Young Chimodzi has called up a mixture of youth and experience led by captain Joseph Kamwendo who plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo, former Russia-based striker Esau Kanyenda, Pretoria University forward Atusaye Nyondo and Caps United’s Gerald Phiri.

Phiri played the full match against Egypt last night.

The Flames will fly back to Blantyre today and will have three more days of training before the Saturday game having spent quite an awful lot of time together at the just ended Cosafa Cup where they beat Zambia 1-0 to claim the Plate Championship.

Meanwhile, SuperSport has announced its schedule for the coverage of Afcon qualifiers this weekend with the Warriors-Malawi match pencilled for 2:15pm on SS3 on Saturday.

South Africa’s fixture against Gambia on Saturday will also be live on SS4, from 2:30pm.

Other fixtures for broadcast on Saturday are Malawi v Zimbabwe (SS3, 2:15pm); Nigeria v Chad (SS3/Select 1/Select 1 Go, 4:30pm); South Africa v Gambia (SS4/SelSA, 2:30pm); Zambia v Guinea Bissau ( SS9, 2:45pm); Angola v CAR (Max 1, 4:15pm).

Sunday’s TV fixtures are Mozambique v Rwanda (Max 360, SS3, 2:50pm); Congo v Kenya (SS9E/SS5 (A/N), SS4 (SA), Select 1 and Select 1 Go, 4:15pm); and Ghana v Mauritius (SS3, 5:15pm).

12 COMMENTS

  1. l think this in-house fighting is causing more problems Dube should have stayed at list he would make plan now we stuck .

  2. this ZIFA house is full of idiots. till when will we support other national teams we have valid players playing in English leagues but they are not given the chance why is it so those guys need to be fired as early as possible shits shits shits shits shits

  3. Cuthbert Dube should just leave football, he is major disaster. Why try to hold the nation at ransom? Nobody asked him to use his personal resources. He should quit like Blatter and see if the Warriors will fail to fulfill fixtures

  4. Everything that Cuthbert Dube touches is a disaster, PSMAS, ZBC and now ZIFA. We not short of human resources in Zimbabwe, he should just go. Nxaaa

  5. Most people just comment without applying their minds or even attempting to find out what the real issues are. The issue that has dogged Zifa since 1980 is lack of consistent funding from government. The budget for national teams (all sporting disciplines) is $800000. There is no amount specific to football in the national budget for the national team. All along Cuthbert Dube has been plugging the holes by paying the coaches and paying for accomodation for the national team from his own pocket. After sacrificing so much, the government, instead of thanking him they instead attacked him in the press and in parliament. How ungrateful!! Now that he has decided to stop supporting the team with his own funds, we are now waiting for Minister Tabeth Malinga and Langa to do something since they killed the goose that was producing the golden eggs. I want to urge all those who are blaming Cuthbert to tell me where and how Zifa should source funds to finance all the nations teams obligations including the juniour tems without government support. All the other teams in Africa get funding from government except Zimbabwe!!

  6. some people are just emotional but without reasoning, dynamos pulled out on participating in champions league is dube responsible, problems at caps is dube responsinble. who ever come to that post at zifa will face the same problems. All Zim gvt owned companies are not operating at a lose.

  7. Let Malawi fund ur trip to Blantyre,then u lose the game 4_1.U shld even score own goals.

  8. Without DUBE and appointing another guy nothing will change, lets have a broader picture of what is happening in Zim. Just get the figures of what chelsea got after winning the league and compare to our on local league. As long as the Zim economy is like this nothing will change at ZIFA. look at all gvt owned companies NRZ, GMB,ARDA, AIR ZIM, CSC, including diamond mines.

  9. People tend to take persisted mistakes as norms and values. If Dube used to support the national teams from his coffers what was his benefit? Look at it from an eagle’s eye guys. He added in the ZIFA woes. Let it happen like this for a better tomorrow. Constructive destruction

  10. Guys let’s not point fingures, Zim govt shld fund Zifa but as we know, we don’t have a working gvt, but only a bunch of gangsters in suits. It all goes back to our economic woes. Remember also thc issue of gvt running negative publicity on Cuthbert Dube started after that gamatox issue. When this former Zifa president, what’s her name? Rushwaya, when she started complaining abt hw she was unfairly removed in favour of Dube, she used Grace Mugabe’s name and Dube was linked to the gamatox. They wanted him out bt feared Fifa bans….anywhere all I can say is pliz gvt we want to be proud of our soccer team, just DO SOMETHING!

  11. If Dube goes the Corporate World will sponsor the National Team. The national team managed to fulfil its fixtures before DUBE got into office. Who was financing them then? He created this situation where ZIFA is solely dependent on him. Ever since he got into office what have we achieved with his money?The earlier thi thief goes the better

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