Villa’s Nakamba ruled out of Warriors-Bafana tie

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The Zimbabwe Football Association [Zifa] has announced an adjusted Warriors squad that will face Bafana Bafana in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, with Aston Villa midfield grafter Marvellous Nakamba a notable absentee.

Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic was forced to make some replacements in the squad, after United Kingdom-based players were barred from travelling to Zimbabwe due to Covid-19 travelling restrictions.

Besides Nakamba, Brendan Galloway, Tendayi Darikwa, Jordan Zemura, Macauley Bonne, Admiral Muskwe and David Moyo, who also ply their trade in England, will also miss the crucial tie. United States-based defender Teenage Hadebe has also been omitted for the squad due to travel restrictions.

Logarusic will, however, be a relieved man following the arrival of Warriors captain Knowledge Musona and recently-appointed assistant coach Benjani Mwaruwari.

Musona jetted into the capital on Tuesday morning, just three days after scoring his first goal for Saudi Arabian Premier League side Al Tai this past weekend.

Divine Lunga, Jonah Fabish, Washington Arubi, Kuda Mahachi, Talbert Shumba, Alec Mudimu, Perfect Chikwende, and Blessing Sarupinda have also joined the rest of the team.

Adjusted Warriors squad:

Goalkeepers

Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants), Talbert Shumba (Free State Stars), Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF)

Defenders

Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United), Divine Lunga (Mamelodi Sundowns), Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Nkana), Alec Mudimu (Torpedo Kutaisi), Godknows Murwira (Dynamos), Kelvin Moyo (Nkana), William Stima (FC Platinum)

Midfielders

Blessing Sarupinda (Sekhukhune United), Jonah Fabisch (Hamburger SV), Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Tafadzwa Rusike, Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Ishmael Wadi (JDR Stars), Farai Madhananga (Marumo Gallants), Silas Songani FC Platinum), Knowledge Musona © (Al-Tai)

Strikers

Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates), Tinotenda Kadewere (Olympique Lyon), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows)

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By FARPost Reporter