5 October 2018
WARRIORS are expected to start preparations for their crucial back-to-back AFCON qualifiers against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa, manager Wellington Mpandare has said.
Mpandare said the Warriors will camp in DRC and conduct their first training session there.
They will arrive three days before the match to be played on Saturday, October 13.
The return leg will be played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on October 16 in the evening.
The move has been reached owing to the late arrival of a number of foreign based players since their teams will be in action this weekend.
The Zimbabwe senior men’s football team is scheduled to leave the country next Tuesday.
“We don’t have time for them to camp in Zimbabwe due to travel arrangements. We will fly to DRC on Tuesday October 9 and arrive that same day,” said Mpandare.
Captain Knowledge Musona and his Belgium-based counterpart Marvelous Nakamba are expected to arrive few hours before departure.
Those who are arriving a day before departure include England-based Tendayi Darikwa, Wales-based Alec Mudimu and a number of South Africa-based players led by Khama Billiat.
“So a number of players are arriving on October 8 including guys like Darikwa (Tendayi) and Alec Mudimu and a number of SA based players.
“Knowledge Musona and Marvelous Nakamba will possibly join the rest of the team at the airport and connect to DRC, they are arriving the day we are leaving,” he said.
Nakamba and Musona’s teams Club Brugge and Anderlecht respectively are playing on Sunday and they will only leave after the games later in the evening.
Mudimu’s Cefn Druids are in action tonight while Darikwa’s Nottingham Forest face Middleborough tomorrow allowing the duo to arrive a day before the Warriors’ departure.
“Most of the players are in action at their clubs until Sunday late. This is the reason we have come up with this arrangement.
“It’s an advantage to us because we will have time in DRC, we are leaving on the 9th of October and arrive the same night ahead of the match which will be played three days later,” said Mpandare.