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Nyadombo named in Warriors squad for Bots game

[Posted 03 Jan 2012]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Nyadombo named in Warriors squad for Bots game

Zimbabwe senior national soccer team coach Norman Mapeza yesterday named a formidable squad to face Botswana in an international friendly match to be played in Gaborone on Saturday.

Included for the first time following numeorus calls is the name of hard-working and in-form South African club Amazulu's defender Carlington Nyadombo.

Nyadombo has been in terrific form in the heart of the ABSA Premiership club's defence since the beginning of this season. He has been a regular at Amazulu, and it was very surprising that Mapeza's technnical team preferred players who were not seeing regular action at club levels like Lincoln Zvasiya, and chose to ignore consistent performers such as the former Gunners player.

Also named in the squad after an absence of two games is Sudanese Club Al Hilal's reiginig CAF Champions League Golden Boot winner, Edward Sadomba, who missed out on becoming the African Footballer of the year for players based in Africa.

Key German-based striker Knowledge Musona and France-based play-maker Ovidy Karuru have also been included in the squad.

Other regulars such as Kaizer Chiefs' Thomas Sweswe,  team mates Tinashe Nengomasha, Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya and Jimmy Jambo have been retained.

It is somehow disappointing that Mapeza chose to omit promising Dynamos striker Rodrick Mutuma or another talented young striker Donald Ngoma of FC Platinum. It is not also clear why Archieford Gutu did not find his way into the squad, or why Chiefs-bound young Abbas Amidu could not be called.

With regular strikers such as Sadomba, Musona and Mushekwi in the squad, Mapeza should have omitted Cuthbert Malajila in preferrence of Under 23 strikers like Mutuma and Ngoma.

Mapeza deserves credit though for calling up goalkeeper George Chigova

Management of the affairs of the national team appears to be taking time to improve. There is not clarity as to whether greenlight has been given by the foreign clubs for the use of their players.

Zifa Communications Officer  Nicky Dhlamini confirmed this uncertainty.

"I believe all the players were here for the holidays and we are hoping that everyone will still be around this week.

"We want to use the opportunity to field a full strength team against Botswana, subject to the availability of the players," said Dhlamini.

"Twenty-three players have been called-up since we are not sure if all will still be available by Saturday and we are looking forward for the team to go in camp on Tuesday (today). We need to have all the logistics sorted out first and we are also looking if we can camp in Bulawayo since we are making the trip by road," said Dhlamini.

If an organisation's communications officer speaks in such uncertain terms, it becomes extremely worrying. It raises a number of questions.

Firstly, why should Zifa not be aware of the availability of the players when it was known before the beginning of the festive break that the Warriors would enggage Botswana in a friendly international which falls on a Fifa date?

Secondly if Zifa are uncertain about whether greenlight will be given by the clubs to participate in the match, it raises a question as to whether permission of the clubs has been requested at all.

We all know that Ajax Cape Town blocked te participation of Khama Billiat in an Under 23 match due to poor communication from Zifa. It is disappointing that the national mother body seems to learn nothing from its mistakes. 

Warriors squad for the Botswana friendly.

Goalkeepers: Tapuwa Kapini (Amazulu FC, SA), Washington Arubi, George Chigova (Dynamos).
Tapiwa Kumbuyani (CAPS United), Gilbert Mapemba (Moroka Swallows, SA), Zhaimu Jambo,Lloyd Zvasiya, Thomas Sweswe (All Kaizer Chiefs, SA) Vusa Nyoni (Germinal Beerschot, Belgium), Daniel Veremu (FC Platinum) , Carlington Nyadombo (Amazulu FC, SA).
Midfielders: Denver Mukamba (Dynamos), Ovidy Karuru (US Bolougne, France), Ramson Zhuwawo (Amazulu, SA), Willard Katsande, Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Khama Billiat, Tafadzwa Rusike (Ajax Cape Town, SA).
Strikers: Knowledge Musona (TSG Hoffenheim 1899, Germany),  Nyasha Mushekwi (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Edward Sadomba (Al Hilal, Sudan), Cuthbert Malajila (Dynamos).



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