Afcon 2017: Zimbabwe Warriors soccer team bridges the political divide

..As nation focuses on Zimbabwe at Gabon Africa Cup of Nations

Lovemore Lubinda

Zimbabwe’s political foes seem to be uniting after a spirited performance by the country’s national soccer team.

The national soccer team produced a splendid performance in a 2 all draw of their opening match against the highly rated desert Foxes of Algeria in the on-going Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) in Gabon.

The political figures who have traded fierce exchanges in both public and social media seem to be converging and lending their support to the team which is still to progress to group stages.

The feat by the team seems also to have taken momentarily Zimbabweans away from their socio-economic worries.

In recent tweets by infamous minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Jonathan Moyo, he praised the team’s performance lauding it to be a major feat.

Moyo who is credited for coining the song “Go Go warriors” praising the national team in their second qualification for AFCON soccer showcase in Tunisia was in exuberant mood.

“The spirit of the nation is with the warriors, Score warriors Go Go worries, Score warriors’ woye!” chanted Moyo.

His adversaries, MDC-T Co-Vice President Chamisa also jumped into the mood, “The warriors remind us that we are one people with a great nation and wonderful country. Politics must be corrected to fix everything else,” Said Chamisa

President of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Tendai Biti was more upbeat and described the Algerian team as an ordinary outfit, “The Algerians aristocrats being made to look ordinary outfit by the Nkayi grafters. I like what I am seeing. That Billiat boy is Rolls Royce.”

The country is upbeat that the team will progress to the second round and produce major upset in their group (B) which comprises of Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

Zimbabwe opposition politicians rarely share common sentiments. Many believe recent statements uttered by the politician on the national team’s performance suggest they are  finding a common ground on national issues.

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