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Warriors to still compete in Cecafa-reports

[Posted 22 Nov 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors to still compete in Cecafa-reports

Reports emanating from Zimbabwe indicate after initial doubts over whether the Zimbabwe senior national soccer team would still be part of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, the Warriors will be travelling to Tanzania for the competition on Friday.

NewsDay Sport reports suggests that plans are advanced to send the Warriors' home-based football stars to Dar-es-Salam. The same reports even suggests that Highlandes coach Mkhupali Masuku has been appointed to deputise Norman Mapeza in the absence of Joey Antipas whose club will be locked up in a Mbada Diamonds Cup final match at Rufaro on 27 November.

The paper has even quoted Zifa Communications Officer Nicky Moyo-Dhlamini as having confirmed the latest developments with regard to the Warriors' partcipation at Cecafa and the appointment of Masuku.

“The national team is leaving on Friday. We have opted for Masuku instead of Joey Antipas because Motor Action will be playing in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final against Dynamos,” she said.

What is puzzling though is that according to the reports, the Warriors squad to take part in the Senior Challenge must have been announced by Tuesday, but to date there has not been any news of the team. It is also difficult to understand when the squad will train as a team.

The Warriors had been invited by Cecafa to replace Malawi who had initially withdrawn due to financial challenges, but retained their place after the country's national government intervened to sponsor the team.

It is now not clear if Zimbabwe will now take the place of Eritrea who reportedly withdrew due to some other problems, possibly financial constraints. 

If Zimbabwe is to send a team to Tanzania, that team will be minus Dynamos and Motor Action players who are due to contest the Mbada Diamonds Cup final.

In the absence of the likes of Denver Mukamba, Archieford Gutu, Cuthbert Malajila, Marlon Jani, Washington Arubi, Allan Gahadzikwa, Mapeza will have to look at other clubs for players.

The Warriors coach is likely to call Edmore Sibanda of CAPS United and Tafadzwa Dube as goalkeepers.

In defence, without a doubt, the best players appear to be the following; Qadr Amini and Tapiwa Khumbuyani for the full-back positions, while Daniel Veremu and Nyasha Mukumbi are likely to be preferred in the heart of defence.

In midfield, there is Abbas Amidu of Black Mambas, Bhekimpilo Ncube and Charles Sibanda of FC Platinum. Eric Mudzingwa of Highlanders appears a sure bet for the holding position, while team mate Graham Ncube and CAPS United'd Pride Tafirenyika and Marvel Samaneka may also get the nod from the coach.

In strikeforce, Mapeza would have loved to test new Golden Boot winner Rodrick Mutuma, who he would have preferred to partner with Cuthbert Malajila. In the absence of the two,  Nkosana Siwela and Tongai Mangwengwende of Hwange, Evans Gwekwerere and Washington Pakamisa of CAPS United, Donald Ngoma of FC Platinum could also be called into the Warriors squad.

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