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Warriors squad for SA friendly named, but...

[Posted 08 Nov 2011]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Warriors squad for SA friendly named, but...

Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza named a squad which ethuses the spirit of continuity but which falls shortof the much expected creativity and changes to demonstrate a real desire to do well in the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers set to begin next year.

The inclusion of Ramson Zhuwawo is the only bright spark in an otherwise predictable squad of 20 players named on Monday for the important friendly match against Southern neighbours South Africa set for Tuesday night at Rufaro Stadium in th capital Harare.

Mapeza, while taking a bold decision to sideline captain Method Mwanjali and the injured Edward Sadomba, surprisingly included players who are inactive at club level, such as the Kaizer Chiefs duo of Lincoln Zvasiya and Willard Katsande.

While there is no doubting the talent and ability of the two Chiefs players, there is very little,if any justification for preferring non-active players to players who are really playing well week in and week out at their respective clubs.

It is close to absurdity to prefer 21-year old Zvasiya in defence, a player who has not started a single match at club level or even played a few minutes as a substitute for two months, while totally ignoring 25 year old Carlington Nyadombo of Amazulu, who has been putting on man-of-the-match performances at club level since last season.

Katsande has looked jaded the few times he has come on as a substitute at Chiefs. To make matters worse for Mapeza, Katsande has not even made the substitute bench at Chiefs in the past month.

Mapeza is likely to come under fire for ignoring strikers like Musa Mguni who are really playing well at club level.

We might not know whether Mguni has also asked to be excused again this time around, but Mapeza has not shown enough faith in the abilities of the Russia-based star, and it is understandable when players feel frustrated at being treated as an after thought.

This may explain why Mguni did not appear eager to turn up for his country last time when he was only called up as a replacement to Knowledge Musona who was never going to make it for the Cape Verde match due to injury.

It is also not clear why Noel Kaseke has also been ignored by Mapeza this time around. The Omonia Nicosia midfielder has been playing well for his Cypriot club and even scored a goal recently.

Another potential Warriors player Mike Temwanjira recently got injured, and that could explain why the technical team has not called him up.

The good thing with Mapeza's squad is that it contains more young players like Denver Mukamba, Archieford Gutu, Musona, Nyasha Mushekwi, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Khama Billiat and Tafadzwa Rusike, even though some of the youngsters like Billiat and Rusike are not exactly in great form at the moment.

Mapeza really needs to take time and visit European-based strikers Mguni and Temwanjira, and further monitor closely the ABSA premiership for performances of some of the Zimbabwean players plying their trade in that league.

If Mapeza had really followed weekly performances of his players in South Africa, he could have realised that it might have been more worthwhile to call Oscar Machapa even for a deep midfield role than calling Katsande who has not had competitive action for more than a month. He could also have realised that he needs to give Nyadombo a chance in the heart of defence in the absence of Mwanjali.

Warriors squad.

Goalkeepers: Tapuwa Kapini, Washington Arubi

Defenders: Thomas Sweswe, Vusa Nyoni, Zhaimu Jambo, Lincoln Zvasiya, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Gilbert Mapemba, Daniel Veremu

Midfielders: Denver Mukamba, Ovidy Karuru, Tafadzwa Rusike, Khama Billiat, Ramson Zhuwawo, Tinashe Nengomasha, Archford Gutu, Willard Katsande

Strikers: Knowledge Musona, Nyasha Mushekwi, Cuthbert Malajila 
    

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