THE ZIMBABWE senior men’s football team is set to play the Super Eagles of Nigeria and two other high-profile teams in friendly matches as part of their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals preparations.
KBJOJO gathered that a source has informed NewsDaySport that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had sounded their Zifa counterparts with an offer of the preparatory match to be played in Lagos next month.
It is claimed that Nigeria has also offered a three-week training camp for the Warriors in Lagos ahead of the Afcon finals set to kick off on June 21 in Egypt.
Zifa president Felton Kamambo is currently in Nigeria where he has been invited to attend the NFF-Aiteo Football awards ceremony held last night.
But crucially, it is understood that Kamambo’s main purpose of the visit to Lagos is to meet the NFF officials to iron out logistical issues over the training camp and the friendly matches.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela confirmed his boss left for West Africa on Sunday morning.
“He is in Nigeria where he was invited for the NFF-Aiteo Football Awards,” Gwesela said.
The source said Kamambo also intended to use the awards event, in which more than 20 presidents of Fifa’s member associations from across the African continent were invited, to solicit friendly matches with some of Africa’s powerhouses.
Already, Ivory Coast is understood to be willing to play the Warriors in a friendly match.
A Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDaySport reported that Zimbabwe Football Association President Felton Kamambo was in Lagos to finalise the negotiation with his Nigeria Football Federation counterpart Amaju Pinnick during the Aiteo Awards The paper quoted ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela as saying: “He is in Nigeria for two reasons. He was invited for the Aiteo Awards, and also to sort out the logistics for a friendly match with Nigeria. The Nigeria Federation are also offering a three-week camp for the Warriors. During that time, the Warriors will play Nigeria and Ivory Coast who have also shown genuine interest.
The president will also use the occasion to organise at least one more friendly match with one other team preferably from West or North Africa.”
The NFF board has approved two friendly matches for the Super Eagles as part of their preparation for 2019 AFCON.