Warriors Gear up Preps for AFCON Qualifiers

By Staff Reporter

The Senior men’s national football team has started the preparations for the AFCON Qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia with the local players being the first group reporting for camp.

The squad is camped in Harare where they are undergoing a 10-day mandatory isolation. They will still be training while waiting for the foreign contingent which will start arriving on Saturday. The local players that have reported for duty include those that were named in the preliminary squad and featured at the CHAN tournament. These are goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, defenders Shadreck Nyahwa and Carlos Mavhurume, along with the midfield trio of Brian Banda, King Nadolo and Tatenda Tavengwa as well as striker Farau Matare.

Eight players have already been ruled out for the penultimate away AFCON qualifier against Botswana on March 25 as well as the home tie against Zambia four days later.

Warriors Manager Wellington Mpandare reported yesterday that the South Africa-based pair of Amazulu central midfielder Butholezwe Ncube and Orlando Pirates striker Terrence Dzukamanja are expected to join camp after recovering from their injuries. Foreign-based players are expected to start trooping into camp on Saturday, with the last batch expected on March 23. Warriors’ coach Zdravko Logarusic who has now received his work permit also picked the quartet of Highlanders defender Andrew Mbeba, FC Platinum pair of Kelvin Madzongwe and Ralph Kawondera, as well as Ngezi Platinum’s Qadr Amini to be on standby.

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