Shot in the arm for Warriors

Itai Dzamara

THE Zimbabwe national soccer team’s preparations for the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia next year, which have so far been in limbo due to lack funding and poor planning, received a shot i

n the arm from Finance minister Herbert Murerwa in his 2004 budget proposal.


Murerwa proposed an allocation of $1,4 billion to the Warriors, which will be part of a grant to the Sports and Recreation Commission.


“Our success in Tunisia depends on thorough preparation by the national team. In this regard, I propose to allocate $1,4 billion for the Warriors’ Tunisia campaign,” said Murerwa.


Zifa, bedevilled by perennial financial problems, has invariably failed to provide for the Warriors’ needs. A Warriors Trust comprising local business leaders was formed by Information minister Jonathan Moyo three months ago to fundraise for the team.


Moyo has virtually usurped the powers of Sports minister Aeneas Chigwedere to preside over the Warriors’ welfare.


Chigwedere has however blasted the Warriors Trust and refused to recognise it, further adding to the chaos in the Warriors’ preparations for their maiden appearance at the Nations Cup finals in Tunisia next year in February.