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Warriors plus foreign-based players Gorowa may call

[Posted 27 Feb 2014]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors plus foreign-based players Gorowa may call

As the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers draw nigh, Zimbabwe national soccer team coach Ian Gorowa has had his eye on a number of good performers in the foreign leagues in Europe and parts of Africa, mainly South Africa's ABSA premiership. We take a look at some good performers who deserve a call-up based on Gorowa's preferred style of play.

We examine Gorowa's preferred system, we then look at good performers generally in foreign leagues and conclude by looking at the possible call-ups based on the coach's preferred system.

Gorowa's preferred system of play

Judging by the formation that Gorowa has employed during the HCAN qualifiers and the finals in South Africa, a perfeption has been created that Gorowa prefers a 4-4-1-1 formation, where he employs four defenders, four midfielders, an advanced attacking midfielder and a bustling lone striker. That formation is seen by some as being defensive, yet from what everyone could see at the CHAN finals, it is an offensive system of total football that requires ernegetic players who can last the distance, but play as a compact team.

With such a formation, Gorowa's Warriors dominated in all the matches they played, except against Nigeria where Masimba Mambare was red-carded as early as the 17th minute. The only shortcoming evident from the displays of the Warriors at the CHAN finals was the fact that Zimbabwe struggled to get goals during group stages because the players had not yet fully mastered the style of play, since Zimbabwe Castle Lager league teams employ two strikers. The presence of a sharp shooter in the form of Tendai Ndoro, if he was eligible to play, could have meant more goals for Zimbabwe. 

Gorowa does not rigidly follow the 4-4-1-1 formation. He has demonstrated the ability to adapt to the strengths of the players at his disposal. At Mamelodi Sundowns, Gorowa employed two strikers in Nyasha Mushekwi and Katlego Mphela, and the two player seemed to deliver, even though one could have argued that the two strikers are typical gunman who should not be played together.  

With foreign-based players available, Gorowa will be able to employ strikers with the ability to get him goals, and even if he employs the same 4-4-1-1 formation he will have a shadow striker who is capable of getting goals.

Players available for Gorowa

The following players have been playing particularly well for their respective clubs and deserve a call-up:

In the goalkeeping department, Washington Arubi of Pretoria University, Tapuwa Kapini of Amazulu and Supersport's nelwy signed player George Chigova will certainly be odds on favourite to receive calls from Gorowa.

In defence, the first name should be that of Costa Nhamoinesu of Czech giants Sparta Praha who has been in great form and has even been named Czech Liga's November Player of the month.  Onismor Bhasera of Bidvest Wits will give Nhamoinesu competition, while CHAN left back Milton Ncube of Highlanders certainly deserves consideration.

Gilbert Mapemba of Morokwa Swallows is back from injury to stake a claim for the right-back position but he faces stiff competition from the in-form Hardlife Zvirekwi of CAPS United. 

There is no guessing that Carlington Nyadombo of Amazulu FC in South Africa will be the first name on the sheet in central defence. Without a doubt, Patson Jaure, linked with a move to Orlando Pirates in July and Ama-Tuks-bound Eric Chipeta will form part of choices in central defence.

The central midfield has the likes of in-form Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs and CHAN star Danny Phiri  of Chicken Inn and Highlanders' Peter Moyo, while the return of Dynamos' Devon Chafa from suspension will spark a fierce competition for positions in central midfield.

The midifield wide/wing roles will have the likes of SonderjyskE of Denmark's talented new-boy Silas Songani, Mamelodi Sundowns' talisman Khama Billiat, another Sundowns star Kuda Mahachi, Ovidy Karuru of OH Leuven and Ali Sadiki of FC Platinum. 

For the advanced midfield attacking role or shadow striker's role, there is Knowledge Musona of TSG Hoffenheim (on loan to Kaizer Chiefs in SA),  Masimba Mambare,   and Denmark's Brondby star Quincy Antipas.

There is fierce competition in the Chief strikers' role. There is the in-form Kingston Nkatha of Chiefs in SA, Tendai Ndoro of Mpumalanga Black Aces, Simba Sithole of Ajax Cape Town, Edward Sadomba of Al Ahly Benghazi in Libya and forgotten big striker Mike Temwanjira of FC Vaslui in Romania. Belgian club KV Oostende's Nyasha Mushekwi will have to be ruled out as he may not recover on time for the qualifiers. Cuthbert Malajila of Sundowns is also currently out through injury.

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