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Warriors provisional CHAN squad out

[Posted 29 Dec 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
CHAN squad named

Caretaker coach Madinda Ndlovu could have walked into the eye of the storm last night when he named a new provisional squad for the Championships of Nations squad for the finals set to take place between February 4-24 in Sudan next year.

Whether the squad is new or not should not be a big issue really, what matters is that Ndlovu has at last named a squad as expected and preparations for the CHAN finals can now begin.

Besides, it was common knowledge that the CHAN squad to be named would be different given the fact that an almost entire first eleven team during the qualifiers is no longer playing local football. 

Players such as Method Mwanjali, Nyasha Mushekwi, Cuthbert Malajila, Lionel Mtizwa, Tafadzwa Rusike, Oscar Machapa, Willard Katsande, Ramson Zhuwawo, Ashley Rambanapasi, Warriors trialists Khama Billiart and Carrington Nyadombo are all playing outside Zimbabwe since July this year.

Clearly any new squad to be named was meant to look different and new, and critics should be advised to give Madinda Ndlovu a chance to prove himself.

What appears to have sent tongues waging is the inclusion of a First division player from Ziscosteel defender, the unheralded Munyaradzi Mungadzi. The critics argue that there is no evidence that Mungadzi was the most outstanding player in division one last season and his team never gave a real fight for promotion into the Premiership.

But again, a player does not need to have been the most outstanding player in a particular season to deserve a call-up to the national team. He must simply meet the requirements needed by coaches in certain departments of the team.

Another major talking point in Madinda's new squad is the inclusion of three players from his Black Mambas team that survived relegation on the last day of the league season. Analysts and critics are likely to assume that Madinda was probably not very objective in making that choice.

The coach was bound to be influenced by his club associations.

Those who have ben arguing on regional lines by advocating that time has come for the Warriors to be coached by someone from the Southern region must have been pleased with Madinda's inclusion of four players from Highlanders, and the surprise inclusion of veteran Hwange keeper Timothy Sibana ahead of regular Warriors keeper Edmore Sibanda of CAPS United.

Each time a new squad is named there are bound to be surprise omissions and exclusions. Madinda's squad is no different. Keeper Edmore Sibanda, defenders George Magariro of Dynamos and CAPS' Nyasha Mukumbi were interesting exclusions.

It is difficult to criticise Madinda for any of the exclusions he made. The 'regulars' who have been excluded are the kind of players who sometimes lack consistence, yet their talent and abilities can never be in question.

Probably the shocking thing in som quarters is the fact the four regulars could not even make the cut in the 30-men squad named. But this is just a provisional squad and it doesn't appear like the door has been completely shut for the excluded players.

The good thing about the squad which Madinda named is that it includes young talent that has been in terrific orm through out the season.

Allan Gahadzikwa, Charles Sibanda and Bhekimpilo Ncube of champions Motor Action are deservedly part of the squad. Gahadzikwa has been the livewire in the champions' campaign during the just ended season. Sibanda has consistently provided the championship-winning goals.

Highlanders, arguably the best team in terms of form towards the end of the season, has provided a rising star Joel Ngodzo. There is no doubting that his namesake Zephaniah Ngodzo is one of the most polished defenders in the country at the moment.

Gunners steely defenders Daniel Vheremu and Qadr Amin and Golden Boot winner Norman Maroto will provide  the much needed experience in the CHAN squad, having been some of the players who took part in the qualifiers. Ali Sadiki's exclusion may raise eyebrows though.

The interesting inclusion in the squad is that of Under 20 star midfielder Denver Mukamba. One glaring omission in Madinda's squad is lack of developmental emphasis. Apart from Mukamba and young Highlanders keeper Ariel Sibanda, the CHAN squad lacks sufficient exuberance of youth.

The CHAN provisional squad

Goalkeepers

W. Arubi (Dynamos), T. Dube (Gunners), T. Sibanda (Hwange) A. Sibanda (Highlanders)

Defenders

D. Kanye (CAPS United), G. Zhokinyi (Dynamos), D. Veremu (Gunners), B. Nyahunzvi (Black Mambas), D. Boriwondo (Hwange), G. Mapemba (CAPS United), Z. Ngodzo (Highlanders), Q. Amin (Gunners), M. Mungadzi (Ziscosteel), A. Chivheya (Lengthens)

Midfielders

C. Chiutsa (Monomotapa), E. Mudzingwa (Highlanders), A. Amidu (Black Mambas), B. Ncube (Motor Action), I. Madziva (Black Mambas), B. Marere (Dynamos), J. Ngodzo (Highlanders), D. Mukamba (Kiglon), T. Sambo (Shooting Stars), A. Gahadzikwa (Motor Action), E. Meleka (Gunners)

Strikers

N. Maroto (Gunners), C. Sibanda (Motor Action), F. Kanda (Highlanders), S. Sithole (Shooting Stars).

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