Prominent Cameroonian politician and current mayor of Bangangté, Célestine Ketcha-Courtes has promised to bring 300 football fans from her country to support the Warriors in their AFCON Group B clash with Malawi this Friday.
She made the promise when she accompanied Zimbabwe’s National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe to the Warriors’ hotel in Bafoussam, Cameroon Wednesday.
Garwe is in Cameroon for what state media says was a trip meant “to exchange notes” with his Cameroonian counterpart ahead of the Shelter Afrique AGM to be held in Zimbabwe in July.
But in his itinerary, Garwe also travelled to Bafoussam accompanied by the Cameroonian top official to deliver President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s message of encouragement to the Warriors in their AFCON campaign.
Zimbabwe on Monday succumbed to a painful last gasp penalty executed by Liverpool star Sadio Mane to lose 0-1 to Senegal after putting up a gallant show which saw the national team come within just 30 seconds to earning a vital point to take to their next clash.
Garwe and his entourage will attend the match against Malawi at Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium and will also be accompanied by Madame Ketcha-Courtes.
Addressing the Warriors Wednesday, Madame Ketcha-Courtes said she was touched by the way the Warriors succumbed to Senegal but urged Norman Mapeza’s men to draw strength from the defeat in order to mount a stronger comeback in their next clash.
“I have decided to accompany Minister Garwe so he could offer you moral support,” she said.
“I watched your match against Senegal and you showed that you can stand toe to toe with any team in this competition.
“I was the first female president of a football club here in Cameroon and when I watched your match, I was so encouraged by the performance despite losing the match via a penalty.
“But what God wants is good. Maybe you would have said ‘we played well against Senegal’ and become complacent on Friday.
“So, in a way that was good. I am here to support you and I am bringing 300 people at the stadium to support you.”
The Warriors virtually had no fan support in their Monday clash against Senegal.
Their clash with Malawi will be the two neighbours’ second AFCON match in the delayed 2021 campaign.
The two countries lost through identical margins of 0-1 to Senegal and Guinea on Monday.
They both look forward to outdoing each other to rescue their AFCON campaigns.