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.
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.