FC Platinum and Black Rhinos Queens are becoming increasingly frustrated by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) for not responding to their request to start training in preparation for Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions.
Rhinos Queens make their maiden women’s CAF Champions League appearance in just over three weeks’ time while FC Platinum play a preliminary round on 10 September.
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Rhinos Queens were drawn to face Zambian side Green Buffaloes as well as Tura Magic of Namibia in Group B of the COSAFA region qualifiers set for South Africa. An official from Rhinos Queens said:
Participating in the (CAF) Champions League is not just about making numbers, but preparing well and the SRC is clearly not helping us achieve that in this regard.
Early last month, the SRC announced that all incoming and outgoing sports tours had been indefinitely suspended and advised ZIFA to check after July 26 “in the event of a probable review”.
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed on Wednesday morning that the SRC had not yet been approved FC Platinum and Rhinos Queens’ requests.