The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) rejected an offer from Algeria to have the Warriors’ home 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Desert Foxes played in Algiers.
ZIFA president, Felton Kamambo, revealed they had proposed that both teams use the same plane on the journey to Harare from Algiers when the North Africans came up with the ‘bizarre’ proposal. Said Kamambo:
We officially requested to use the same plane with the Algerians, after our first leg tie with them next week but, unfortunately, their Government plane cannot be used by non-Algerians.
Then, the Algerians proposed to us to have both legs of the back-to-back fixtures played on their soil, with them paying for our accommodation.
But, we have refused to take that offer. We cannot sell our soul. Look, the country is currently in a celebratory mood after the lifting of that ban of the National Sports Stadium.
Kamambo also disclosed that after ZIFA rejected the offer from the Algerians, they decided to provide the North Africans with a similar offer where both matches would be played at the National Sports Stadium, an offer which they also rejected.
Zimbabwe take on the African champions away on November 12 before the two sides meet at the National Sports Stadium four days later.
Algeria leads the group with 6 points after two rounds of fixtures, Zimbabwe are second on 4 points, Botswana have 1 point, while Zambia props up the group with 0 points.