Warriors to play in empty stadia as fans bemoan Covid-19 outbreak

By ZBC Reporter

Football fans continue to feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic given the new norm that matches will be played in empty stadia across the globe.

Had it been the usual times, football fans would by now have been busy preparing for their journey to the north where the Warriors are set to face Algeria in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier pencilled for November.

With football hit hard by Covid-19 resulting in matches being empty stadia, some of the Warriors who have since travelled with the team in many occasions said they are deeply saddened by the current situation obtaining in the sporting landscape.

Friends of the Warriors Secretary-General, Zivanai Muwashu said: “We are deeply saddened by what is happening. Football is our life and we are so much used to travel with the team and show our support. Watching from TV or listening on the radio is not how we are used to cheering our team. This situation has struck us big time and we are in deep pain.”

National Soccer Supporters Association Cheer Leader, Tatenda Mushonga added that “It is very difficult for us to cheer our team from outside. Right now, we should be preparing to travel to Algeria but all is just a pipe dream. Our boys need our support and without us especially playing away is something very painful. However, will have to obey what is laid down by the authorities to stay safe.”

“This pandemic has really affected us, all our plans to travel with the teams always have been thrown under the bus and we are left to wonder and support from home. At the same time safety comes first hence we have to abide by the health guidelines in order to keep the game going in a safe environment,” says Warriors supporter, Abraham Garusa.

Zimbabwe is set to clash with defending champions Algeria in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers between the 9th and 17th of November, with the Warriors travelling to North Africa first before hosting the reverse fixture a few days later.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe and the sporting landscape has not been spared, with football being hit hard, resulting in supporters being relegated to watch from home.