THE Zimbabwe women’s soccer team, the Mighty Warriors, today failed to picth up at the National Sports Stadium in Harare where they were scheduled to play against Zambia in an Olympic qualifier.
In what could turn out to be one of the most embarrasing episodes of the state of affairs at ZIFA, the Zambians were warming up anticipating their hosts to turn up, which never happened.
A small crowd of anticipating fans had also pitched their seats, while the Mighty Warriors team medics were also there at the giant stadium.
ZIFA Communications and Competitions Manager Xolisani Gwesela blamed clubs for the fracas, saying they withdrew their players who were camped at the ZIFA Village.
“I can confirm that Black Rhinos Queens, Blue Swallows and Correctional Queens all went to the ZIFA Village last night and withdrew their players. Since the bulk of the national players are from these clubs, this left us in this quandary,” Gwesela said.
A small contigent of Zambian fans celebrated the development, as they anticipated to be given the match on a walkover bases.
However, their celebrations might be short-lived as ZIFA have reportedly applied to FIFA to have the match re-scheduled to Monday (tomorrow).
No immediate comment could be obtained from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).