The Zimbabwe Football Association hereby confirms that today (Thursday), officials from the Ministry of Local government blocked the Warriors from training at the National Sports Stadium ahead of an AFCON qualifier with Congo this Sunday. The stadium authorities demanded for access to the clicknpay online ticketing system despite the fact that they are not party to the contract signed between ZIFA and Clicknpay.
Local government officials’ retrogressive actions are an anathema to the tireless efforts of ZIFA and other stakeholders to ensure that Zimbabwe qualifies for the 2019 finals in Egypt.
Last week, ZIFA and its partners were hard at work conditioning the playing surface. The whole exercise of sourcing requisite machinery and remunerating the manpower required was catered for by ZIFA’s partners, for the cause of the nation.
Just yesterday, we had an All stakeholders meeting which included officials from the Ministry of Local government. At no point did they ever indicate that there were outstanding issues regarding the online sale of tickets.
ZIFA officials present at the time of the fracas tried in vain to convince the stadium authorities to let the Warriors train at the venue for Sunday’s crucial qualifier.
We sincerely apologise for the unfortunate events which led to the embarrassment of the Warriors technical team, the players, our partners, and our beloved supporters.
We are working tirelessly to ensure that any of our national teams is not found in a similar predicament in future