Warriors will walk alone at Afcon

The Warriors could plunge into the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) football finals battle without the aid of their supporters due to huge costs of travelling to Gabon.

BY Sports Reporter

All efforts to organise transport and accommodation for a contingent of supporters coming from Zimbabwe have seemingly faltered.

There were suggestions that a charter flight to ferry supporters and some Zifa members would be organised, but after the players demanded payment, all the resources are being channelled towards playing the players.

The Warriors successfully negotiated appearance fees of $5 000 each match per player, while they were promised daily allowances of $400 each. Supporters’ associations have been left stranded after they failed to raise money for air fares, accommodation and upkeep at the tournament.

Mobile telecommunication company, NetOne, will sponsor 10 supporters on a fully-paid trip to Gabon, but that could be all the voices the Warriors will have in the stands.

As of yesterday, a return ticket to Libreville from Harare cost a minimum of $800, while accommodation costs could take about $50 a day for a decent facility.

While the Warriors could struggle for cheerleaders, their rivals are likely to be well-represented in the grandstands.

Senegal have a popular army of supporters, who travel to most places their team plays.

With the stakes so high at Afcon, they are likely to invade Gabon in a bid to inspire their team to glory.

Algeria fans, who will arrive at the Afcon finals with the firm belief that their team can win the tournament, are also good travellers, while the Tunisians are also expected to travel in their numbers.

Zimbabwe will play their first two matches against Algeria and Senegal on January 15 and 19, respectively in Franceville, which is about 800km away from the capital Libreville.

The Warriors will then travel to Libreville for their final Group B match against Tunisia.

Travel logistics have also rendered the trip an expensive one for some of the Warriors diehard fans.

9 Responses to Warriors will walk alone at Afcon

  1. Manase Manase January 11, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Not so well done article. To prove your allegations that its expensive to travel to Gabon for the AFCON finals, I expected the reporter to provide the cost of travel, lodging, local transportation, meals, entrance fees to Stadia and contigency for at least the group games from 14 – 23 January 2017. If the reporter was good at his job, he/she would also cost permutations for costs if the Warriors reached other stages beyond the group stages, ending with an approximate cost of attending the whole tournament up until the finals. Otherwise its a shoddy, threadbare article

    • Chidhuura January 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      Anyora wani kuti return ticket $800. Comprehension yaikuvhara kuskru iwe!

      • Ndini Ndadaro January 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

        Iwe ndiwe wakatovharika manje. Manase mentioned a lot of things missed by the reporter!!! Just writing $800 return ticket is just but a shallow statement.

        Uri chidhuura chemunhu.

  2. Jury January 11, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    It seems the reporter has done his/her part, you can take it from there cde Manase

  3. Willard Tramposo January 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    We dont have supporters in Zim. The so called ‘supporters’ are in actual fact ‘spectators’. The so called supporters discourages the players by continuosly whistling. Even when the chips are down, the ‘supporters’ do not even cheer and encourages the players.
    Going or not going the Zim ‘supporters’ do not make any use. The WORRY-US can do better without ‘spectators’.

  4. Mpumelelo Moyo January 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Some countries will support us

  5. Dad shox January 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    I will go with them

  6. tischy January 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    pakaipa saka

  7. Chokwadi January 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    Iwe manase saka ukuda kuti reporter atonyora kuti sipo nenduwe imarii kuGabon. His already painted pic yekuti if the flights chete can be not less than 800 it means without factoring zvimwe zvese izvi its already unaffordable uchiri pa door. kana uchigona mari ye flight iyo then chiitawo kunge munhu akaenda kuskuru wochinotsvaga zvimwe becoz hazvibatsire kukupa price ye accomodation iwe usina mari yendege!!

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