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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released a statement that postpones the FIFA World Cup African qualifier matches citing the coronavirus pandemic.

We present the VCAF statement below.

The CAF Emergency Committee, in consultation with FIFA, decided to postpone the CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️ that were due to be played in June 2021 after taking into consideration the current challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to ensure the optimal playing conditions for all participating teams.

The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.

CAF is reassessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of COVID-related protocols, including specifically focusing on pre-match testing which had been the source of some challenges in previous windows.

Full details on the updated match schedule will be provided in due course.

Depending on the new dates, Zimbabwe might lose out on the opportunity of having European-based players who were barred by their clubs in March.

Affected players include Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba, Stade Reims’ Marshall Munetsi and Lyon’s striker Tinotenda Kadewere.

Hopes were high that since European leagues would have ended by June, the players would be available for the Warriors games.

The postponement of the games might result in the new dates clashing with those of the resumption of European leagues.

Warriors coach, Zdravko Logarusic had named the provisional squad to face South Africa and Ethiopia.

Source: Pindula News《》RT

Zimbabwe have named a 24-man squad, made up of all but one player based outside the country, for their two Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against neighbouring champions Algeria this month.

There are six players from clubs in South Africa’s DSTV Premiership and a further 10 who are based at clubs in Europe.

Zimbabwe are away at the July 5 Stadium in Algiers on November 12 and host Algeria in Harare four days later. The Confederation of African Football had previously banned the National Stadium in the Zimbabwe capital but after renovations it has now been passed ready for use.

The matches are the first competitive action for Zimbabwe’s Zdravko Logarusic, who was appointed in January.

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC, South Africa), Tatenda Mkuruva (Michigan Stars, USA), Talbert Shumba (Nkana, Zambia)

Defenders: Adam Chicksen (Notts County, England), Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest, England), Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana, Zambia), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Tendai Jirira (Detroit City, USA), Divine Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Alec Mudimu (Sherrif Tiraspol, Moldova), Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth, England)

Midfielders: Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Ovidy Karuru (unattached), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United, South Africa), Marshall Munetsi (Stade Reims, France), King Nadolo (Dynamos, Zimbabwe), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa, England), Butholezwe Ncube (AmaZulu, South Africa), Tafadzwa Rusike (Zesco United, Zambia)

Strikers: Prince Dube (Azam, Tanzania), Tinotenda Kadewere (Olympique Lyonnais, France), David Moyo (Hamilton Academical, Scotland), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen, Belgium)

Source: ZBC《》RT

DIDIER DROGBA’S hopes of becoming the president of the Ivory Coast Football Association- FA took a major blow after he received ZERO votes from ex-players.

Out of the 14 members, 11 opted to go for his rival and league chief Sory Diabate and three abstained.

Drogba’s other opponent, Idriss Diallo – the current vice president – also got no backing during the vote, which was done through a video conference.

And the shock results are thought to have led to huge discussions in the West African nation.

The Chelsea legend, 42, was the heavy favourite ahead of the elections, helped by the fact that experienced administrator Eugene Diomande pulled out of the race and publicly supported the former national-team captain.

However, his dreams of leading his country’s FA are not completely shattered just yet.

The votes from the Active Footballers Association, coaches, referees and physios are yet to be cast.

Drogba spent nine years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 164 goals in 381 appearances across two spells.

He won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League in memorable fashion and also played 105 times for the Ivory Coast, with a record 65 goals.

After spells with Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising, Drogba retired in 2018.

Since then, he has continued to do plenty more of the charity work he started during his playing days, including opening a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan in 2016.

Drogba offered the hospital as a coronavirus treatment centre amid the rise of the pandemic with 1,150 confirmed cases and 14 deaths.

Vincent Toh Bi Irie, the head of Abidjan’s regional council, thanked Drogba for the gesture.

He said: “We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism.”

Source: SUN《》RT

Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini has lauded Wayne Sandilands as one of the most outstanding goalkeepers in the country this season.

The Zimbabwean shot-stopper, who has been plying his trade in South Africa since 2006, was discussing the performances of goalkeepers in the current PSL campaign.

Having been sidelined by a long-term injury, Kapini, 35, made his return to the Highlands starting line-up against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash last month.

Former Platinum Stars and AmaZulu FC captain said this today as he  reflects on the current season so far.

Source: Supersport《》Rhodesia Times



_*.....it is a good action to suspend the game....*_

The continent’s football governing body made the decision yesterday in order to protect the health and safety of stakeholders including players, sponsors, match officials and broadcasters.

The games were initially fixed to take place between March 25 and March 31 across various countries in the continent.

The postponement comes in the wake of the declaration of Covid-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and following strict travel restrictions by some African countries to contain the spread of the virus.

“Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by WHO. In Africa, only a few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively. Several players, who are supposed to play the next Afcon qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (Europe, Asia),” the statement read.

“Several African governments have taken strong restrictions on travels; lock down, quarantine for people coming from countries affected by the virus. Several clubs refuse now to release their players for the next international matches.

“For the above reasons and after studying carefully the current situation, Caf has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers, scheduled from March 25 to 31, 2020.”

Earlier this week, Caf disclosed that inter-club competitions would proceed as scheduled, while the Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick revealed plans to move Super Eagles’ players via a chartered flight from their respective bases in Europe.

Several football competitions including major European leagues and the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying fixtures in Asia and South America have also been suspended due to the spread of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had yesterday released a squad of players to face Algeria in a back-to-back 2021 Afcon Group H that was set to be played later this month.

Warriors squad.
Goalkeepers: Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka).
Defenders: Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Alec Mudimu (FC Sheriff Tiraspol), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ian Nekati (Chicken Inn), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders)
Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Horoya AC), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Ovidy Karuru (Stellenbosch), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs)
Strikers: Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC), Charlton Mashumba (Polokwane City), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Macauley Bonne (Charlton Athletic).

By Goal reporter