In-form Musona to lead Zimbabwe’s charge for Afcon qualification

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Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Knowledge Musona has joined the national team camp oozing confidence after scoring his seventh goal for his Belgian side AS Eupen in their win over Kortrijk on Saturday night.

Musona will lead Zimbabwe in a penultimate Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group stage match on Thursday at the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown.

With United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean footballers as well as the France pair of striker Tinotenda Kadewere and Marshal Munetsi doubtful for the crunch Afcon qualifiers due to Covid-19, The Smiling Assassin, as Musona is fondly known, carries the Warriors’ hopes on his shoulders.

Wellington Mpandare, the national team manager, confirmed they expected the former Amakhosi marksman on Monday. SuperSport United winger Kuda Mahachi, who was on target in Friday’s 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch, was part of the first internationals that arrived in camp on Sunday morning.

Mahachi arrived alongside clubmate Evans Rusike and Tanzanian-based striker Perfect Chikwende, who is in the books of Simba SC.

The Zambia-based contingent led by seasoned midfielder Thabani Kamusoko, that has Tafadzwa Rusike, goalkeeper Talbert Shumba, defenders Gilroy Chimwemwe and Jimmy Dzingai were expected in Harare on Sunday night.

Musona, Orlando Pirates forward Terrence Dzvukamanja, Sudan-based Last Jesi, Victor Kamhuka and Durban-based Butholezwe Ncube were also expected in camp on Monday.

Warriors squad

Goalkeepers: Talbert Shumba (Nkana), Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF)

Defenders: Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana), Alec Mudimu (Ankaraspor), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor), Divine Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Tendai Jirira (Detroit City), Victor Kamhuka (Royal Malaysia Police), Romario Matova (NK Solin), Gilroy Chimwemwe (Nkana)

Midfielders: Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Ovidy Karuru (Black Leopards), Tafadzwa Rusike (Zesco United), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen)

Strikers: Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC)

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By FARPost Reporter

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