The Zimbabwean senior national team, the Warriors, has pulled another shocker today as they had a false start to their quest for Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The team was humiliated by a lowest ranked team in Afirca ,Somalia 1-0 in Djibouti.
Somalia the joint lowest-ranked in Africa, last time they won was a friendly against Djibouti in 2008. Last competitive win was at Cecafa in 2005!
The ‘host’ team was playing their home fixture away from home because of security concerns.
This was the first competitive match for the new Zimbabwe’s interim coach Joey Antipas .
Ranked 202 in the world, Somalia are the lowest ranked African team. It is the first time Zimbabwe was playing the East African country in any competition.
Meanwhile Zifa announced the return match against Somalia that was scheduled for Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday will now be played at the National Sports Stadium next Tuesday. The change in the date as well as the venue has been necessitated by a request from the Somali Football Federation.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) wishes to advise all football stakeholders that following a request from the Somali Football Federation (SFF) and consultations with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), our 2022 World Cup preliminary qualifier second leg against Somalia has been rescheduled,’’ read the statement from Zifa.
“The match will now be played on Tuesday 10 September 2019 after SFF failed to secure flights to Zimbabwe in time for the initial fixture date which was Sunday September 8.”
With the Young Warriors taking on Amaglug–glug in an Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Emagumeni next Tuesday, Zifa decided to have the senior team play Somalia in Harare.
“The venue of the match has also been moved from Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo to the National Sports Stadium in Harare because we already have another international match scheduled for Barbourfields on the 10th of September, the Under 23 Zimbabwe/South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. We understand the inconvenience this development presents to all stakeholders and we unreservedly apologise for the unexpected developments.
“In the spirit of fair play, African solidarity, brotherhood and togetherness, we felt the Somali Football Federation’s request was reasonable and sincere, thus we had to consent, otherwise the match would not have taken place at all,’’ further read the statement from Zifa.
The football mother body said those who had already purchased tickets will still use them in Harare and for if on cannot make the trip to the capital city, they will be able to get refunds.