Fresh blood for Zimbabwe Warriors

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Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic has injected some fresh blood as he looks to redeem himself in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

The Croatian has called up 33 players into camp to start preparing for decisive ties against Botswana and Zambia.

The Warriors travel to Francistown on March 22 to face the Zebras for the penultimate round of their group fixtures, before wrapping up business with a home clash against neighbours Zambia at the National Sports Stadium in Harare seven days later.

The three southern African countries are vying for one remaining slot to qualify for next year’s AFCON finals, as Algeria have already sealed their place at the tournament that will be hosted by Cameroon.

Zimbabwe are in second place, on five points, a single point ahead of Botswana, with Zambia bottom of the table.

“I have already selected the 33-man squad to do duty against Botswana and Zambia in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers next month,’’ said Logarusic.

The under fire coach said the youngsters who have been called up are being prepared “for huge national assignments”.

“We have also included some players, from the squad which we had at the CHAN tournament in Cameroon, most of them are Under-23 players.

“The young players will be part of the squad, as we start preparing them for huge national assignments.

“We just have to gel the senior players, and these youngsters, who are obviously the future.”

Some of the Young Warriors players thought to have impressed the former Gor Mahia coach include goalkeeper Nelson Chadya, Andrew Mbeba, Shadreck Nyahwa and Farawo Matare.

Logarusic is yet to win a match as Zimbabwe coach since taking over a year ago after six attempts.

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By FARPost Reporter

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