The Minister of sports in the country, Makosini Hlongwane, released a press statement effectively banning the warriors.
The Zimbabwean national team came last in the group stages and were thrashed 4 -2 by Tunisia in their last group stages.
The press statement also indicated that the warriors would be turned back at the airport were they are expected to land (25 January 2017 at 4pm). “The warriors will not have their passports stamped when they land at Harare international airport. They are now undesirable elements in the country and we have reason to believe they plotted to humiliate the country. They worked with the West to further humiliate the country. We shall avail forms and pens for them to apply citizenship into a country of their choice”, read the press statement.
The development was also roundly welcomed by many Zimbabweans. “We are in the process of rebuilding our nation and these guys just took us 10 years back”, a social commentator said.
At time of writing this article, several countries had indicated that they would like to offer some of the warriors team citizenship so they can play in the country. It is believed South Africa rushed to offer Khama Billiat, Tendai Ndoro and Kuda Mahachi with citizenship while Malawi is said to be interested in Willard Katsande.