Cape Town - The South Africa under-23 national football team
may have a walk-over in their Olympic qualifier against their Zimbabwe
Reports coming out of Harare indicate that the Zimbabwe
Football Association (ZIFA) are in financial turmoil, which could prevent the
team from taking further part in the Olympic qualifiers.
A Sport24 source said that the team was
stranded in Swaziland after the preliminary round second leg encounter against
Swaziland, up to the point that the local Football Association had to help
"The Zimbabwe Football Association is having financial
problems," the source said.
“They struggled to camp for the AFCON qualifying game
against Malawi, and they want to save all the money for the senior team rather
than the Under 23 national team.
“ZIFA are going through tough times, and they are trying to
cut costs by not sending the junior teams to their tournaments, starting with
the under-23 game against South Africa. It's a very bad situation.”