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Four drop from Warriors squad

[Posted 01 Oct 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dickson Choto (pictured), Murambadoro, Karuru & Nyandoro are out of Zim squad

Four possibly key players called up by the new Zimbabwe coach Tom Saintfeit into the Warriors squad to face Cape Verde on 10 October at the National Sports Stadium have dropped out of the squad due to injuries and other challenges.

Veteran goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro, who was recalled by Saintfeit and his technical team, is currently injured and has missed his club Bidvest Wits' last league match. Murambadoro indicated to the Warriors techinical team that he will not be available for the Cape Verde game.

Ovidy Karuru of US Boulogne was injured in his team's 2-1 victory over Toulouse on 22 September. The former Gunners player was taken off in the 27th minute in that match. He did not feature in his team's goalless draw against Evian Thonon Gaillard a week later.

Karuru has excused himself from the Cape Verde game.

Another player who will not take part in the afcon qualifier on 10 October is big defender Dickson Choto of Legia Warsazawa. The 1.92m tall defender suffered a raptured Achilles tendon on saturday in his club's match against Lech.

His club Legia has stated that Choto will not be available for the national team and that healing may take up to six weeks.

Esrom Nyandoro, who was snubbed by Mapeza in the Liberia match for being an old player, has excused himself from the squad citing personal challenges which he needs to attend to. It is suspected that Nyandoro might be reacting to the snub he suffered last time.

Saintfeit had called a total of 23 foreign-based players for the Cape Verde game. The withdrawal of Nyandoro and Murambadoro may not be felt much given able replacements in the team for their positions.

In Nyandoro's midfield anchor role, there is enough cover in the form of Tinashe Nengomasha, Justice Majabvi and Lionel Mtizwa.

Energy Murambadoro's goalkeeping position also has sufficient cover when one considers that Tapuwa Kapini has been in top form for Platinum Stars in South Africa.

Edmore Sibanda is back to his best form at CAPS United, and has of late been scoring goals for CAPS in the five matches they have won in a row. His confidence under Moses Chunga has been revived, and Kapini will have to be at his best to get the nod ahead of him.

It may prove to be a challenge to find a suitable replacement for the steel that Choto was expected to bring to the Warriors' rearguard. In the absence of Zvenyika Makonese who is out of favour at Orlando Pirates, Method Mwanjali and Thomas Sweswe did duty for Zimbabwe.

There is no doubting their talent and the fact that Sweswe and Mwanjali remain solid defenders, but there is a concern regarding their fitness levels at this stage.

Sweswe, despite being the best defender at Kaizer Chiefs last season, he inexplicably finds himself on the bench in favour of an Isaacs/Nahayo combination which proved to be flat in the 2nd leg of the MTN 8 semi-final where Chiefs lost 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate to Pirates. Sweswe is short on match fitness, and that must be Saintfeit's major worry.

Method Mwanjali played in Sundowns' last league match, a 1-0 victory over Santos. That was the former CAPS utility man's first competitive match for Sundowns. It is difficult to say that Mwanjali is fully match-fit to face the Blue Sharks on 10 October.

The absence of Choto will therefore be a big blow to the Warriors' technical team. It will not be surprising if Saintfeit calls Gunners defender Daniel Veremu to the Warriors squad to replace Dickson Choto. 



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