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Young Warriors fail to travel to Angola

The Zimbabwe Under-20 national soccer team is facing a US$5 000 fine and three-year ban from CAF after failing to travel to Angola on Saturday to fulfill the second round, second leg match of the U-20 Africa Youth Championships qualifiers.

Young Warriors fail to travel to Angola
Young Warriors fail to travel to Angola

The game was slated to take place Sunday afternoon in Luanda. The Young Warriors were trailing 1-0 from the first leg played at Rufaro Stadium a fortnight ago and Zimbabwe needed to score two clear goals to advance to the next stage.

Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze was today at a loss of words failing to describe the debacle. The Under-20 for next three years shall only take part in Cosafa tournament because they do not fall under Caf administration.

Mashingaidze speaking with a distraught voice in a telephone interview said the aborted trip means that Under-20 would be banned from taking part in any organised Caf tournaments for three years.

The chief executive officer indicated that they were looking for a sum of US$35 000 to purchase return air tickets for a delegation of 27 people that included 18 players, technical team and the head of delegation Horice Ndubiwa from Bulawayo.