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Warriors squad for Anngola tie named

[Posted 24 Aug 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Big Mike Temwanjira is back in the Warriors squad
Zimbabwe Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo announced the squad expected to join camp to prepare for the crunchy and must win final 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifier against fellow Southern Africa opponents Angola in Harare on September 9.

Surprise inclusion in the squad is the name of talismanic striker Knowledge Musona who recently quit the national team protest over match-fixing allegations levelled against him by the blundering ZIFA CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Stung by the reality that Zimbabwe badly requires the service of its most influential player in the past two years, Musona, Gumbo appears to have made overtures towards the Germany-based player, currently on season-long loan at Augsburg from TSG Hoffenheim 1899 in the Bundesliga.

Another surprise inclusion is that of a yet another player who had indicated that he was retiring from the national team, Denmark-based striker Quincy Antipas.

There was even two pleasant surprises in the squad.

Forgotten big former CAPS United forward Mike Temwanjira, who currently plies his trade in Romania with FC Vaslui, who recently bombed out of the UEFA Champions League after losing to Fernebahce of Turkey, returns to the Warriors squad after an absence of almost 8 years.

While his call-up has been long overdue, the timing of the call-up will certainly be questioned, given the fact that the big striker has not featured for Vaslui ever since the beginning of the Romanian Liga 1 season or the Champions League and then the Europa League.

It is possible that the big and aggressive forward might be nursing an injury or has simply fallen down the pecking order at Vaslui. Gumbo or former head coach Norman Mapeza had the chance to include the gifted striker when he was banging in goals for his club last season, but failed to do so.

Another inclusion that could excite fans is that of Noel Kaseke of former Cypriot champions Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus.

There are places also for in-form ABSA premiership club Black Leopards' attacking midfielder Brian Abbas Amidu, Peter Moyo of Castle Lager league pace-setters Highlanders, as well as leading top goal scorer in the same local league Nelson Mazivisa, who scored in the Warriors developmental squad's unfortunate 2-1 friendly loss to Zambia on 8 August.

It is such a pity that Rahman Gumbo is deprived the chance to make use of probably the country's best strikers at the moment due to the never-ending Asia-gate investigations.

Cuthbert Malajila scored two goals for Maritzburg United on Tuesday night in South Africa's ABSA premiership, continuing with his great form in the SA league. Kingston Nkhatha has justified his big move to Kaizer Chiefs, scoring a goal  each in the two opening league fixtures.

Edward Sadomba, another striker who is sidelined due to the allegations which are yet to be proved, has been scoring goals for his Sudanese club Al Hilal in the CAF Confederations Cup and the league.

Gilbert Mapemba of Moroka Swallows cannot also be called for the same reasons.

The biggest loss to the Warriors is probably that of big, speedy and aggressive Mamelodi Sundowns striker Nyasha Mushekwi who is days away from completing a big-money move to German Bundesliga with new comers Greuther Furth after passing a medical on Tuesday.

Playing against the imposing and aggressive Angolans, the presence of two big strikers Temwanjira and Mushekwi, with Musona attacking from the wings, could have been  the best tonic the Warriors needed to qualify for only their 3rd AFCON finals.

A glaring omission in the squad is that of in-form English Championship club Charlton Athletics' Bradley Pritchard, who starred in the club's two opening fixtures of the league, helping his club to second position on the log, tied with Sheffield Wednesday, and behind Blackpool.

Warriors Squad

Goalkeepers
Tapuwa Kapini (Amazulu FC, SA), Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), George Chigova (Dynamos)

Defenders
Onismor Bhasera (Plymouth Argyle, England), Noel Kaseke (Nicosia Omonia, Cyprus), Carlington Nyadombo (Amazulu FC, SA), Esrom Nyandoro (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Arnold Chaka (Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Botswana), Petros Bernard (Motor Action) Innocent Mapuranga (Highlanders), Oscar Machapa (Moroka Swallows, SA)

Midfielders
Brian Abbas Amidu (Black Leopards, SA), Archieford Gutu (Kalmar FF, Sweden), Khama Billiat (Ajax Cape Town, SA), Tinashe Nengomasha (Bidvest Wits, SA), Denver Mukamba (Dynamos), Vusa Nyoni (Germinal Beerschot, Belgium), Peter Moyo (Highlanders)

Strikers
Knowledge Musona (Augsburg, Germany), Quincy Antipas (SonderjyskE, Denmark), Mike Temwanjira (FC Vaslui, Romania), Takesure Chinyama (Orlando Pirates, SA), Nelson Mazivisa (Shabanie Mine FC), Rodwell Chinyengetere (Hwange FC), Donald Ngoma (FC Platinum).

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