By Lawrence Trusida
THE Warriors squad for the back to back World Cup Qualifiers against Ghana is set to be named this week with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) making frantic efforts to ensure the availability of the British brigade.
New Warriors coach, Norman Mapeza is this week set to announce the players that will go into battle against Ghana in back to back 2022 World Cup qualifiers early next month.
World Football governing body, FIFA is still in negotiations with the English Football Association and the country’s authorities over the release of players to countries listed by the UK as COVID-19 red zones.
Zimbabwe is among the country’s that are listed in the red zone and as it stands, the England based players popularly known as the British brigade will only be available for the away match at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.
“We are naming the squad either tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday and we are waiting to hear from FIFA as it stands the British brigade will only come for the away match because Ghana is not in the red Zone then fly back to their bases. So what this means is that we will name an extended squad to cater for these eventualities,” said Wellington Mpandare, Warriors general manager.
The Warriors will camp in Ghana for five days before the match.
Meanwhile, ZIFA has once again written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to allow 5000 vaccinated fans into the National Sports Stadium for the reverse fixture between Zimbabwe and Ghana.