Harare — MOST of Zimbabwe's legion of foreign-based players will be in camp by Tuesday, five days before Sunday's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles at the National Sports Stadium.
The Warriors are leaving no stone unturned in their bid for a maiden qualification for the continental soccer showpiece.
Newly appointed head of the Warriors, Rafiq Khan, has struck a $20m deal with Air Zimbabwe which will see all called-up foreign based players coming for the tie. The players will start trooping into camp tomorrow, with the arrival of France-based player, Benjani Mwaruwaru, of AJ Auxerre.
German-based George Mbwando of TSV Alemmanin, and Kennedy Chihuri of the Czech Republic's Victoria Zizkov, are also expected tomorrow while Harlington Shereni, who is based in Switzerland, arrived yesterday. Shereni's early arrival has, however, raised speculation that he might not be playing first team football in Switzerland.
The South African trio of veteran striker, Adam Ndlovu, Charles Yohane and Dumisani Mpofu, will arrive on Tuesday, giving Marimo enough time to devise a system that should see Zimbabwe get the much-needed goals.
The only late arrival will be that of captain, Peter Ndlovu and hardman Kaitano Tembo of Supersport in South Africa who jet in on Thursday. Locally-based players are to assemble in camp tomorrow afternoon.
Khan also revealed that a trust fund to raise players' bonuses would be launched tomorrow. Standard Sport understands that Cottco and Stanbic will announce sponsorship worth around $15 million for the team. Another company is understood to be injecting an additional $5 million bonuses.
Zimbabwe desperately need to beat Seychelles to maintain their lead at the top of the four-team league table. The Warriors have six points from two games after beating Mali and Eritrea, while the Seychelles have three points after beating Eritrea before losing to Mali.