Soccer-Cash-strapped Gunners bid to rule Africa shot to pieces | Reuters

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“We don’t have the money to go to Cairo to fulfill thesecond leg of the tie and when you have no money it means thatyou can’t fly,” team owner Cuthbert Chitima told thestate-owned Herald newspaper.

“It has been a beautiful campaign, and we have enjoyed itand given the nation a big boost with our success, but it hascome at a huge cost to us financially and we are a very youngclub and can’t afford it.”

The victory meant the Gunners, who won Zimbabwe’schampionship last year in only their second season in thepremier league, became the first Zimbabwean club to beat thefabled Egyptian club in nine attempts.

Zimbabwe has been in an economic crisis for a decade withthe government last year adopting use of multiple foreigncurrencies to replace a Zimbabwe dollar rendered worthless byhyper inflation.

Gunners recorded a 1-0 victory in Harare on Saturday butthe chances of the team even lining up on the pitch for thesecond leg of the second round tie appear remote..

HARARE, March 24 Gunners FC’s first leg upsetof six-times champions Al Ahli in the African Champions Leaguemay prove to be in vain as the cash-strapped Zimbabweanchampions cannot raise the funds to make the return leg inEgypt.

Western donors have held back aid crucial to rebuilding theeconomy as rival factions continue to jostle for power in thesouthern African country

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