Warriors off to Cairo with cloud over Marimo’s future


Staff Writer

THE national soccer team is scheduled to leave for Egypt tomorrow for a friendly match on Monday as part of preparations for the African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers

starting next month.


The team leaves for Cairo with uncertainty over the future of coach Sunday Marimo, who this week threatened to resign over reports that the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) was moving towards appointing a technical advisor.


Marimo on Wednesday refused to discuss the matter with this paper and said what he had said still stood. He was quoted in the media threatening to resign rather than work with a technical advisor.


However, sources within the national team said the coach together with his assistants, Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska, had hinted on pulling out of the trip to Egypt over the matter as a way of forcing Zifa to reverse the decision to appoint a technical advisor.


Zifa chief executive officer Edgar Rodgers yesterday said the trip to Egypt was well on course and the issue of appointing a technical advisor was still being deliberated on.


The Warriors, comprising of locally based players, put up an unconvincing performance in a friendly match against Zambia last week in Harare.


The Warriors will be travelling to Egypt with the same team that played Zambia.


The national team travels to Gabon in a fortnight for the opening match of the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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