Zimbabwe’s preparations for CHAN have been dealt a heavy blow after nine players tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) immediately suspended the Warriors’ training sessions while consulting health authorities and other stakeholders on the way forward.
“All the affected players have been notified and quarantined in line with World Health organisation (WHO) dictates. The players have also been advised to inform their families and contacts,” the association confirmed.
Zifa has informed the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) and the City Health Department for further guidance.
Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic, pictured above, has overseen some chaotic preparations after plans to secure international friendly matches for the team ahead of the CHAN tournament set for Cameroon next month fell through.
The Croatian coach has been desperate to get at least one sparring partner to test his side in game situation before the team leaves for Cameroon.
Zifa had targeted East Africans Kenya and the CHAN-bound pair of Congo-Brazzaville and Rwanda.
With two weeks remaining before the Warriors depart for Cameroon, the team is likely to leave without engaging in international friendly matches because of the complications in travelling across Africa.
CHAN runs from 16 January to 7 February, 2021. Zimbabwe play hosts Cameroon in the opening match.
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By Mthokozisi Dube