Golden Arrows’ Lunga cleared after Warriors snub claims

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Golden Arrows defender Divine Lunga has been cleared after claims that he had snubbed a Zimbabwe national team call up.

Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare stepped in to clarify that the talented left-back would still be considered for future assignments.

Lunga missed the final two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia last week owing to injury.

However, media reports were that the 26-year-old had cited injury when excusing himself from national duty but had reportedly featured for his club.

A day after having excused himself from the two qualifiers on March 19 due to an injury, the defender was in action for Golden Arrows in a DStv Premiership match against Cape Town City.

“There is speculation going round about Divine Lunga being banned from representing Zimbabwe in future national team assignments. I would like to state that as matter of fact this is not true. Lunga is still open for selection for national duty,” he said.

Mpandare explained that Lunga was not in the same group of players who had been ignoring Warriors calls only to make themselves available when the team had qualified for the Nations Cup.

“Divine was never suspended or banned from the national team. The coach was only saying he blocked players on WhatsApp who ignored him when he wanted them but he is not blocking them from the national team.

“The coach never spoke to Divine and besides Divine is a level headed boy who does not ignore messages from me or the coach,” he said.

Mpandare said they received a letter from the Durban outfit notifying them of the injury.

However, due to the limited time the Warriors had before their games against Botswana and Zambia, they could not insist on Lunga flying to Harare to be assessed by their own medical crew.

“After we received the letter and him playing against Cape Town City, we got in touch with Lunga who revealed that he was willing to come and be assessed by our own doctors.

“But there was limited time hence we had to call in Bhasera (Onismor) for cover since the other player, Jordan Zemura, who could have played in that role, had been ruled out by travel restrictions,” he said.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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