By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Despite threat of suspension from world football governing body, FIFA, the Zimbabwe national football team known as the “Warriors” have intensified their preparation for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Coach Norman Mapeza has been able to count on 24 players who began arriving for camping on christmass eve.
Hadebe is, however, still attending to some family issues while some five overseas-based players led by captain Knowledge Musona will only join up at the last leg in Cameroon.
Mapeza and his assistant coaches Taurai Mangwiro, Mandla Mpofu and goalkeeper coach Energy Murambadoro continued putting the available players to their paces in a second preparatory exercise today.
30 players have been preselected and the 28-man squad for the competition is expected to be released before the team travels to Cameroon on Wednesday.
“Everything is now in place for the Warriors to embark on the trip to Cameroon,” Wellington Mpandare, team manager of the Warriors told The Herald in an interview.
“We have almost all the players in camp excerpt for teenage Hadebe. I spoke to him and he indicated that he may only be able to report for camp today or on Tuesday morning,”
“But the rest of the players that we had expected are all here and have since undergone their CIVID-19 health protocols. We have 24 players in camp,” Mpandare added.
Zimbabwe is in Pool B alongside Guinea, Malawi and 2019 runner-up Senegal. The team kicks off their campaign on January 10 against Senegal before facing Malawi on January 14. The last group game comes up January 18 against Guinea.
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