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Blow for Warriors as Cameroon friendly called off

The Warriors suffered a blow when their preparatory tie against Cameroon scheduled for Tuesday was called off. 

Zimbabwe had lined up two friendly matches ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations that roars to life at the weekend.

The first friendly against Sudan ended in a goalless draw, with Norman Mapeza’s charges fluffing several chances. 

The former Chippa United coach, Mapeza, would have hoped to finetune his team ahead of Monday’s clash against Senegal, but the tie against the Afcon hosts has been called off.

“That game is no longer possible. Cameroon wanted to use the match venue for their opening game in the tournament, but CAF advised that the venue is not available for use by any team five days before the start of the tournament, in line with the tournament rules.

“So the Cameroonians wanted us to play on Monday, but we felt it was not ideal to play two games in successive days since we had another game lined up against Sudan,” explained Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare.

The Warriors are set to shift base to Bafassoum from Yaoundé where they will play their first two matches of the Afcon campaign against Senegal and Guinea. Zimbabwe will return to the capital for the final group match against Malawi.

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