3 November 2017
THERE are chances a few Warriors legends could be blended with the national team when they face Barcelona legends at National Sports Stadium on November 12.
The position was however not made official yesterday during a joint press conference by the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Makhosini Hlongwane and Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa.
Twenty former Barcelona players, seven technical officials and three media practitioners from Barcelona TV are expected to jet in the country on November 11.
Big names like Rivaldo, Patrick Klivert, Deco and Edgar Davids are some of the names expected to come.
“Barcelona legends shall arrive in Zimbabwe on November 11. They will then play the historic game on November 12 at 1500 hours before (going) to Victoria Falls on November 13 duly accompanied by the ministers of Sport, Arts and Culture, and Tourism and Hospitality. The Barcelona legends are then expected to fly back to their respective bases as from November 14,” Hlongwane said.
Minister Hlongwane said this was an important match for the country.
“The visit to Zimbabwe by Barcelona is set to create a positive furore not only in Zimbabwe, but beyond borders, internationally, thereby drawing a possible large contingent of tourist to throng either Harare simply to catch a glimpse of the local and visiting football icons.
“This match seeks to strengthen intra-community cooperation and further promote the fostering of local and international ties as enunciated in the National Sport and Recreation Policy,” he added.
Gate takings for the match haven’t been confirmed yet, but minister Hlongwane emphasised that the charges will be affordable.
“We are still working on the gate charges issue, but we will make sure the charge gives everyone the chance to watch the Barcelona legends since it a once in a life time opportunity.
“We also want to see the national stadium fully packed and for that reason we will make sure the charges are affordable,” the minister said.
This match comes at a time when the national team is scheduled to play two international friendly matches against Lesotho and Namibia.
ZIFA president Chiyangwa said the two friendlies will not affect the high profile match.
“FIFA will not allow me to use the same squad I am going to call for the two friendlies therefore I will call upon two different line ups for these two different assignments,” he said.