ZIFA says Warriors AFCON 2017 qualification is not in danger

ZIFA says Warriors AFCON 2017 qualification is not in danger

ZIFA has given assurances to the nation that the Warriors AFCON 2017 qualification is not in danger despite the dissolution issues at the association.

They had been suggestions that the on-going ZIFA dissolution case the was going to attract a ban from both FIFA leading to Zimbabwe not participating at AFCON 2017 while the Mighty Warriors appearance at the Olympic Games was also in doubt.

However the association has released a statement dismissing such speculation:

The Zimbabwe Football Association ably led by Dr Phillip Chiyangwa would like to assure the football loving public and the nation at large that our national teams will participate in all international competitions they qualified for.

Our Senior Men’s national team, the Warriors, will participate in the momentous Gabon 2017 Orange Africa Cup of Nations finals while the Senior women’s national team, the Mighty Warriors will participate in the historic Rio 2016 Olympics and the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon. The Mighty Warriors are currently in camp preparing for the Olympic games. We are confident that the legacy of this qualification will spur the growth of Women football in Zimbabwe.

Only the Under 17 national team has been withdrawn from the 2017 Orange U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to budgetary constraints.

Going forward the Association will assess the costs and benefits of participating in future International tournaments. It is imperative to stress that while it is important to participate in International Competitions, we need to avoid partaking in competitions when there is no adequate funding.

The ZIFA Executive Committee led by Dr Chiyangwa is fully conscious of its mandate and shall never abdicate from its responsibilities.

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