Soccer24 reports that the Warriors failed to hold their training session on Thursday afternoon after they were locked out at the National Sports Stadium.
The incident happened following an impasse between the Ministry of Local Government and the Zimbabwe Football Association over ticket tallying. The ministry wants access to the online ticketing system so that they will be in a position to ascertain their share.
Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare expressed sadness at the development. Said Mpandare:
Yes, we were locked out of the stadium because of some standoff between Zifa and the department of public works in the Ministry of Local Government.
It’s really a sad episode because we have lost a day of training. It’s like we are now home away from home yet in Congo we had four days at the match venue.
The national team held their previous sessions at Harare International School and were hoping to have a feel of the stadium turf today.
They are set to use the venue on Sunday for their decisive 2019 Afcon qualifier against Congo Brazzaville.
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