FIFA World Cup Rwanda coach Spittler wary of Zimbabwe ahead of qualifier

Rwanda head coach Torsten Frank Spittler has confessed he doesn’t have much information about the Warriors of Zimbabwe as the pair get set to lock horns in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers at Huye Stadium on Wednesday.

World Football governing body (FIFA) in July lifted its 18-month suspension of Zimbabwe, allowing the country to take part in the African qualification tournament for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. FIFA suspended Zimbabwe’s membership in February 2022 over government interference in the country’s football associations. Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA), however, denied the allegations.

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Spittler insisted his side will have to be careful about the Southern African country which is fresh from the ban with a number of new faces in the squad hard to predict.

“Zimbabwe was banned by FIFA for a year or so and they have been inactive so current information on them ahead of the game is less,” Spittler told Times Sport, adding: “We cannot rely on their past information because that will be very wrong. They are back from suspension and they are now regrouping, so, we actually do not know the nature of their team as well as their level.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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