ZIFA president Felton Kamambo yesterday said he wants the Warriors to go beyond this year’s Africa Cup of Nations group stage for the first time.
Kamambo said they have put in place a comprehensive plan to prepare for the 2019 finals set for Egypt between June 21 and July 19. The Warriors have previously qualified for the 2004, 2006 and 2017 finals but in all editions they perished in the first round. ZIFA’s plan includes a training camp in Europe and North Africa where they hope to engage in competitive friendly matches. Said Kamambo:
We knew we were going to qualify and we have a master plan for AFCON. We have always been confident but we didn’t want to put the players under pressure. In terms of the preparations, I think we are on course. Our office has been working hard on that and we have some friendly matches lined up. There are some countries that have requested for friendlies and the good thing is some of these countries have agreed to fully fund the trips. We were just waiting to qualify and now that it’s done we can go ahead. I can also tell you that the players are going to camp in North Africa for two weeks to acclimatise. They will start off in Europe and then come back to finish off in Northern Africa. We will reveal most of the information later.