The Zimbabwe national team will have to do without the foreign-based quartet of Tino Kadewere, Prince Dube, Tendai Darikwa and Macauley Bonne ahead of Sunday’s tie against Malawi.
Dube has had to pull out after picking a knock in Azam’s League game on Sunday while Macauley has requested to be allowed to settle down at his new club after recently joining Championship club Queens Park Rangers.
The Warriors technical team is believed to have roped in Zambia-based Takudzwa Chimwemwe and Jimmy Dzingai, FC Platinum’s Ralph Kawondera and United States-based defender Tendai Jirira to replace the quartet.
But Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic will be relieved that Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba flew out of England on Wednesday as well as Turkey-based defender Teenage Hadebe.
Nakamba and Hadebe are some of the few internationals that have heeded the call for national duty despite the bungling by ZIFA in sending out the invitation letters late.
The two look set to feature for the Warriors against Malawi this Sunday. Nakamba comes with confidence high after he featured in his side’s historic 7-2 win over the reigning English Premiership champions Liverpool as a late substitute last Sunday.
By midday on Thursday, Logarusic was yet to name his traveling squad. He has, however, made it clear there will be no space for local based stars due to their inactivity this year. The Zimbabwe League is yet to kick off this year after being disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The last two days we were working very hard to try and see which players can come on time so that we can have players in the camp. Some players traveled during the night, some will come in the morning and others in the afternoon and I hope Friday morning we will travel to Malawi,” Logarusic said.
He said so many players couldn’t come because the association did not know whether the Government would give us the green light or not.
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By FARPost Reporter