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Zimbabwe's Soccer Fans Call On ZIFA To Fund More Friendly Matches

As Zimbabwe's football team, the Warriors, prepares to face Lesotho and Burkina Faso in friendly matches this week, football fans have called on the Zimbabwe Football Association, to invest more in the team’s friendly matches, to help them improve their game, so they can qualify for the 2008 Africa Cup Of Nations.

After the two home friendly games - with Lesotho on Friday at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo, and Burkina Faso at Rufaro Stadium on May 28 - the Warriors will then leave for a crucial second leg of the African Cup qualifiers in Casablanca, for a must win group 12 match against Morocco on June 2.

Last Sunday, Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri, named a 27-member squad, most of them Zimbabwe's foreign-based players, hoping to stage an upset against the Atlas Lions. Many hoped Mhlauri picked a strong team to carry Zimbabwe through.

Soccer commentator Themba Moyo told sports reporter Marvelous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that ZIFA should try to fund and schedule more friendly matches for the Warriors, if there is any hope of Zimbabwe continuing with the continental championship.

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