Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko Logarusic has opted for his European based stars ahead of a practice match against Malawi next week.
He will snub several home-based players over match fitness concerns. The Zimbabwe domestic league traditionally runs between March and November and is yet to start this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the government.
The Warriors visit the Flames in Blantyre for a friendly tie set for Kamuzu Stadium on October 11 and will have to do without their stars playing for top local sides. Logarusic justified his decision saying the home-based Warriors had been inactive for almost a year. The European contingent will be joined by Warriors stars plying their trade in the PSL.
“What I can tell you is we have selected predominantly Europe-based players. There are no local players we have selected for this particular match. I haven’t had the chance to watch them in action. Remember, the league has not yet started in Zimbabwe, due to Covid-19, and players in the country haven’t been active.
“I can tell you that we have also picked very few players from the South African league. Those players last played competitively about three weeks ago,” he told Herald.
In the PSL, Loga could look to Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat, Golden Arrows duo of forward Knox Mtizwa and anchorman Danny Phiri as well as Orlando Pirates’ new acquisition Terrence Dzvukamanja. Speedy winger Talent Chawapiwa, who is with AmaZulu, is also another player to look out for while midfielder and Warriors vice-captain Ovidy Karuru, who recently parted ways with Stellenbosch, and Kuda Mahachi of SuperSport are also available options.
ZIFA have already sent invitation letters to the selected foreign-based stars who also include former Chiefs’ talisman Knowledge Musona, Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and Lyon forward Tino Kadewere.
Tanzania-based striker Prince Dube, who has made a blistering start to his Azam FC career, also looks likely to get a call-up after scoring three goals in his first four appearances in the East African country.
The entire squad will be unveiled when Logarusic returns to Harare from Croatia at the weekend.
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By Mthokozisi Dube