Zimbabweans, being the soccer lovers that they are, have been eagerly waiting for the game between the Mighty Warriors and the Ivory Coast but much to their chagrin, the Sunday 2016 Rio Olympic Preliminary Competition African Zone Third round second leg match seems to be hanging by a thread as Premiership action continues.
By Friday afternoon, the Elephants had not yet arrived in Harare, raising questions whether they were coming at all.
The Elephants had also not informed the Zimbabwe Football Association about fulfilling the fixture as a guessing game on their arrival continues.
The Mighty Warriors failed to fulfil their own side of the bargain but Fifa ordered the second leg to be played after the Elephants had also failed to come to Harare for the second leg.
There seems to be a breakdown of communication between the two footballing authorities throwing the two nations’ 2016 Rio Olympic Preliminary Competition African Zone Third round second leg match into doubt
Zifa's women football administrator, Theresa Maguraushe, on Thursday told the media despite having written to the Ivory Coast Football Federation twice a day every day, requesting for their itinerary, they had not received any response.
On the other hand, Castle Lager Premier Soccer League action continues to swing and rolls into week 20.
The week 20 showdown provides yet another test of character for under fire former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa.
His struggling ZPC Karibaside are on the road to on fire FC Platinum who are unbeaten in 11 matches. Norman Mapeza’s side are now in fourth position with 34 points from 18 games, one point behind joint second placed Triangle and Dynamos.
On the other hand, ZPC Kariba are in 12th position, just one slot above the relegation zone and have not won a league match in eight games since Chidzambwa took over.
However, Chidzambwa does not agree with the much held view that Castle Lager Premiership action is proving too much for him.
Dynamos too are on the road to Bulawayo for a game against Tsholotsho Pirates. After their 2-0 away win at Gibbo Stadium against Triangle coach Tonderai Ndiraya fancies his team’s chances against the new boys who are struggling to survive.
Highlanders lost out 2-0 to FC Platinum at home yesterday but coach Bongani Mafu says it is not back to the drawing board but to the field when his team travel to Gweru to face Hwahwa at Ascot.
Top of the table Chicken Inn are favored for maximum points at home to Hwange.
The other matches are as follows:
Harare City v Buffaloes
Flame Lilly v Chapungu
Caps United v Dongo and How Mine are at home to Triangle.