Zimbabwe Warriors sensational display against Algeria at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations has won them a surprise praise from the Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai who paid tribute to their effort in Gabon on Sunday saying he is backing them to shine at the continent’s biggest soccer showcase.
According to Tsvangirai, football can be worthwhile distraction from the long bank queues, the worsening political and economic crisis as well as a national leadership that is completely at sea on how to respond to the serious challenges facing the nation.
“Indeed, for some fleeting moments, football will be our worthwhile distraction from the long bank queues, the worsening political and economic crisis as well as a national leadership that is completely at sea on how to respond to the serious challenges facing the nation.
“I will personally be joining millions of Zimbabweans in backing our national football heroes. It speaks to the Warriors’ great capacity and we should all be filled with pride that our country is the region’s sole representatives at a tournament reserved for Africa’s best,” said MDC-T leader in a statement.
Tsvangirai added that he has put his trust in the warriors to make Zimbabweans proud.
“However, I am fully confident that the Warriors will put aside the crisis facing the nation, their current financial plight as well as the chaos and the shoddy preparations in the run-up to this continental soccer tournament.
“From Sunday until we reach the finals, what must only matter to our boys is national pride. We are a nation of heroes in every respect and we must all believe that our boys are capable of bringing the cup home,” he said.
He added that he has faith in current selection of players representing the country saying they will shock everyone by winning the tournament and bring back smiles to the battered souls of the suffering people of Zimbabwe.