The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) are yet to secure air tickets for the Mighty Warriors to travel to Cameroon for the Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) finals, just three days before the tournament kicks off in Yaoundé.BY HENRY MHARA
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday said the team was expected to fly out tomorrow ahead of their opener against South Africa on Saturday.
“They should be leaving on Wednesday, but we haven’t secured the tickets. We don’t have sponsors, but we are working on something and hopefully it will materialise. We are still calling for sponsors to partner the team,” Gwesela said.
The Mighty Warriors open their Awcon campaign against South Africa on Saturday before facing Egypt three days later.
They complete their group matches against Cameroon on November 25, with the top two teams proceeding to the semi-finals. The Mighty Warriors have been idle and only began camp just over a week ago following the intervention of a fundraising committee, initiated by Sports and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane.
The committee, led by Lillian Mbayiwa, has set up a nationwide SMS promotion, entitled #GirlPowerZW, and accessible on all the national mobile networks.
Subscribers are invited to purchase a digital raffle ticket as a 50 cents deduction from their current airtime balance and, in return, stand a chance to win a new car and air tickets to accompany the team to Cameroon.