Recent changes in the Flames technical panel have forced Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to cancel a proposed friendly match on February 6.
The Zimbabwe Warriors will instead host Botswana’s Zebras.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze and his Botswana Football Association counterpart Tariq Babitseng confirmed the development with online media publications in their respective countries.
“Botswana has confirmed in writing for the match on February 6 which will take place at Rufaro Stadium. There was also Malawi, but changes in their technical team put things on hold,” Mashingadze told www.dailymail.co.zw
Football Association of Malawi chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda was unaware of the development as of Wednesday morning, but said he would follow up the issue with Zifa.
“I have to communicate with Zifa to get an official communication; otherwise, things are tight from our side with the issue of coaches dragging,” said Nyirenda.
Zimbabwe and Botswana are preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Egypt and Ethiopia respectively on March 22. Malawi faces Namibia away in Windhoek on the same date.
If the Flames fail to play a friendly on February 6, it means they will face Namibia in March without a strength-testing match.