We never banned any Warriors from national duty — Zifa

We never banned any Warriors from national duty — Zifa 1

By Mukudzei Chingwere ZIFA have, for the first time, said they never banned any of the Warriors from being picked for national duty after the 2019 AFCON debacle. ZIFA president Felton Kamambo The absence of a number of regular players, who usually play for the team, in the squad that featured in the 2022 World Cup preliminary round qualifiers against Somalia, was widely attributed to a ban effected by the domestic football leaders. This followed a statement, which the ZIFA officials issued, suggesting they had dissolved the Warriors in the…

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Billiat saves his game, Zifa board

Billiat saves his game, Zifa board 2

By Robson Sharuko WITH one crisp swing of his left foot, the precision of a surgeon and deadly accuracy of a sniper, Khama Biliat didn’t only save the Warriors’ 2022 World Cup campaign. Khama Billiat He also possibly saved the ZIFA board from collapsing under the weight of the fury of a nation baying for its dissolution. Never before, in the history of domestic football, has a goal — scored with one of the last kicks of the game — carried so much significance in terms of preserving a World…

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Sierra Leone fans attack player’s house after penalty miss

Sierra Leone fans attack player’s house after penalty miss 3

Angry fans of Sierra Leone’s national football team have attacked a player’s house after he missed a decisive penalty. Umaru Bangura, who also plays for FC Zürich, saw his crucial penalty saved on Sunday Captain Umaru Bangura failed to convert a stoppage-time spot kick in front of a huge crowd on Sunday. It meant Sierra Leone failed to get through to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Liberia qualified, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. After the game fans pelted Bangura’s home with stones. Related Articles The…

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Evans Rusike wants blitzkrieg

Evans Rusike wants blitzkrieg 4

On Sep 10, 2019 7,866 By Tadious Manyepo Warriors striker Evans Rusike wants a blitzkrieg to help them overwhelm the Ocean Stars in this 2022 World Cup tie against Somalia at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon. Evans Rusike of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 31 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix Zimbabwe are on the back foot after a 0-1 loss in the first leg. “We lost the first leg but we mean business in…

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Khama Billiat throws himself into Warriors battle as he declares himself fit

Khama Billiat throws himself into Warriors battle as he declares himself fit 5

HARARE – Zimbabwe were handed a huge boost on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s 2022 World Cup preliminary round second leg tie with Somalia in Harare after star forward Khama Billiat declared himself fit. Billiat missed Zimbabwe’s shock 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Djibouti last week as Zimbabwe lost to the lowest ranked team in Africa. But the Kaizer Chiefs star, who was reported by his club to have suffered a “knock to his right pelvic bone” in their 2-1 away victory at Cape Town City two weeks ago,…

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Zimbabwe suffer humiliating defeat to Somalia who win FIRST World Cup match

Zimbabwe suffer humiliating defeat to Somalia who win FIRST World Cup match 7

Somalia 1-0 Zimbabwe DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating defeat to the lowest ranked team in the world on Thursday as Somalia clinched their first ever World Cup match in Djibouti. Ranked 202nd in the world, Somalia halted a run of 19 successive defeats stretching back eight years as Anwar Sid Ali Shakunda scored an 86th-minute winner to take control of this 2022 World Cup preliminary round qualifier. Zimbabwe, who played in the Africa Cup of Nations finals two months ago and are 90 places higher in the…

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Joey Antipas names his first squad for World Cup qualifier, drops Chigova, Sibanda

Joey Antipas names his first squad for World Cup qualifier, drops Chigova, Sibanda 9

HARARE – Joey Antipas set his stall as the new Zimbabwe coach on Tuesday, announcing his first squad for the Warriors’ 2022 World Cup preliminary round qualifier against Somalia next month. Zimbabwe face Somalia in the first leg in Djibouti on September 5, because Somalia is prevented from hosting its home games inside the country owing to security concerns. There is no place for goalkeepers George Chigova and Edmore Sibanda in the new Warriors set-up, while skipper Knowledge Musona was also overlooked. Antipas is keen to use only players who…

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Zimbabwe to face Somalia in 2022 World Cup preliminary round tie

Zimbabwe to face Somalia in 2022 World Cup preliminary round tie 11

HARARE – Zimbabwe will play Somalia in the African preliminary round for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, according to a draw made in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday night. Ranked 202 in the world, Somalia are the lowest ranked African team. It is the first time Zimbabwe are playing the East African country in any competition. The Warriors, who are still without a coach after Sunday Chidzambwa threw in the towel following a poor showing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in June, will play Somalia over two legs between…

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Nakamba wait continues, Mushekwi pens touching Dalian farewell as Warriors return

Nakamba wait continues, Mushekwi pens touching Dalian farewell as Warriors return 13

By Robson Sharuko Four years after their expulsion from the 2018 World Cup, the Warriors will mark their return into the draw for the 2022 edition of the global football showcase on Monday, as one of the 26 African teams that will not require a preliminary round qualifier. Nyasha Mushekwi FIFA’s decision to bar the Warriors from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, without kicking a ball in March 2015, after ZIFA failed to pay about US$68 000 owed to former coach, Valinhos of Brazil, remains one of domestic sport’s darkest…

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World Cup: Fifa drops plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

World Cup: Fifa drops plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams 14

On May 23, 2019 12,877 0 Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa. France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last year the expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The change would have required Qatar to share hosting duties with other countries in the region. World football’s governing body said after a “thorough and comprehensive consultation process” the change “could not be made now”. Related Articles Fifa also…

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