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No Musona joy for Zimbabwe

[Posted 30 Aug 2011]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
No Musona joy for Zimbabwe

News emanating from Zimbabwe and Germany is that TSG 1899 Hoffenheim new striker Knowledge Musona may not join up camp with the rest of his Warriors colleagues who are preparing for the crucial Africa Nations Cup Group A qualifier against Liberia on September 4.

Musona had been included in Warriors coach Norman Mapeza's squad for the September 4 match, despite having been certified unfit for duty for three weeks following a groin injury suffered at training with Hoffenheim two weeks ago.

Hoffenheim insist that the player is not yet ready for action, given the fact that the two weeks he was given to recover by club doctors have not yet expired, but Zimbabwe still insist that they need to make their own assessment of the fitness of the player for duty.

The Zimbabwe Warriors Team Manager Sharif Mussa says that Hoffenheim are due to send a medical report on the condition of the player to their camp to enable the Warriors medical team to have their own assessment of the situation of the player who is still in Germany.

“He is still in Germany with his club,” said Mussa on Monday.

“We haven’t asked him to come as yet. We are hoping that his team’s medical team will have another look at him, do some more tests. We are expecting to get a detailed report on his full fitness in the coming two days.

"The final decision still rests with our doctors though. If we are not satisfied with the report from their doctors we can still call him in and our doctors will assess him,” insists the team manager.

It is not clear what the Warriors camp is trying to achieve by pursuing Musona when it is clear that the player may not be in the best shape to play for the Warriors given the fact that he has not kicked a ball in more than two weeks now.

Besides the fact that Musona remains injured, the pursuance of Musona gives the other players in the camp the feeling that they cannot play without the Germany-based star, scorer of all Zimbabwe's goals in the Afcon qualifiers to date. 

The Warriors demonstrated their ability to do well even in the absence of Musona by beating Zambia 2-0 in a friendly match on August 10.

Granted. Musona is an exceptional player and Zimbabwe needs him especially at this stage, but it is overstating the point to give the impression that the Warriors cannot play without him.

Time has come for the nation to stop over-relying on an individual player. Over reliance on one player has its own dangers.

It is understandable though that the absence of Nyasha Mushekwi (through suspension) and Musona (through injury) at the same time could be debilitating to team strategy, but life goes in, with or without the two reliable strikers. 

The reality of the matter is that Musona will not suddenly become fit in a day or two. Mushekwi cannot be part of the Zimbabwe squad this weekend because he is suspended. The Warriors have to do with the material at their disposal.

And the squad has capable players to replace Musona and Mushekwi. Edward Sadomba just needs his confidence when he dons the Warriors jersey to replicate his club form in the CAF Champions league and start scoring goals for his nation.

There is also Khama Billiat who has the potential to fill the role of the playmaker. Billiat though needs to be taught to dribble only when it is necessary, otherwise he is such a fantastic player to have in a squad.

Simba Sithole could be untested at this stage, and has not had competitive action to warrant first eleven berth, but he remains an option coming from the bench.

With the presence of France-based Ovidy Karuru,  Denmark based Quincy Antipas, and Kaizer Chiefs duo of  Willard Kastande and Tinashe Nengomasha in midfield, there is no reason to doubt that a Billiat/Sadomba combination will fail to deliver goals on Sunday.

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tichaona muvimwa posted comment on 31-Aug-2011 20:22:25

I think as a nation we dont have to relay on one striker,lets come togehter and suport our team.For those in camp they are capable of bringing results so its time for us to give them a chance, for them to showcase their talents

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