The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has issued a sstatement following the national team’s early dismissal from the Afcon 2019.

The Warriors suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to DRC on Sunday to crush out of the tournament with just one point and also finished at the bottom of Group A.

Here is the statement:

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to apologise to all Zimbabweans following the Warriors’ unfortunate and painful group stage elimination from the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

ZIFA is equally heartbroken because the intention was for the team to go further than the group stage and make history for our country. All efforts had been harnessed towards that goal.

Further, ZIFA appreciates the commitment and efforts of all the players and the technical team during the tour of duty.

The Association believes that the technical team, players and the officials fell while trying their best and would like to thank them for being our ambassadors.

In addition, ZIFA would like to thank the nation, supporters and all stakeholders who contributed in many different ways towards the team’s participation in Africa’s most prestigious tournament.

As the team heads back home, ZIFA will take time to introspect and lay a foundation for a better football future in order to guarantee better performances at such high profile tournaments.

Furthermore, ZIFA would like to specifically thank His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the entire government, our parent ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, the Sport and Recreation Commission, the Warriors fundraising committee chaired by the Hon. Minister Kazembe Kazembe, sponsors and partners for the roles they played to make this campaign possible.

In conclusion, it is ZIFA’s firm belief that the review exercise should take a sober approach that is not clouded by a lot of emotions.