Zimbabwe are hopeful they will have former Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetsi released for national duty by his French club Stade de Reims despite France’s ban on foreign players travelling outside of Europe.
The Zimbabwe Football Association has been in talks with the club ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) crucial qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia.
According to Zifa, Munetsi is set to travel to Harare on Sunday. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) on Wednesday announced Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs would not release players as they priorities safety against the coronavirus.
Warriors general manager Wellington Mupandare, who is leading the engagement process told a Zimbabwe daily that there are high chances of getting Munetsi while Lyon forward Tino Kadewere’s situation “is tricky” since his championship-chasing side was one of the clubs that reportedly voted to block players from travelling.
However, Mupandare said he was still pushing both clubs. The Warriors are already without their England-based players including Aston Villa midfield grafter Marvelous Nakamba due to the restrictions.
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By Mthokozisi Dube