Zimbabwe vs Botswana: A rare match to celebrate Zim’s 38th independence
Zimbabwe celebrates independence day on the 18th of April every year and this time, an international mouthwatering clash between the Warriors and neighbors, Zebras is on the menu. Despite the fact that the match falls out of FIFA’s calendar for internationals, they got approval and it’s being labeled the President’s Cup tie.
The Southern African country is expected to have several other festivities at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The activities include the lighting of the independence day flame, parades of the police and army, colorful displays by drum majorettes and all being capped off by the Warriors-Zebras clash which is expected to be available to fans for free. The coaches could only name local-based players for the squad and they have indeed picked up the best of the bunch from their respective countries.
The Zimbabwean gaffer, Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa would ideally be using this match to widen his selection options for the COSAFA Castle Cup scheduled for next month. The Zebras’ David Bright called up most of the players that featured in their 1-0 victory over Lesotho, two weeks ago. The two countries last faced off in 2013 and Zimbabwe who is ranked 108, 41 places above Botswana by FIFA are expected to come out on top.