Pagels stick to his guns

HARARE - Zimbabwe football coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels has named an experienced Warriors squad to resume the team’s World Cup qualification campaign with a tough trip to Egypt on March 26 as the Warriors continue to rebuild under the German trainer.

Announcing the traveling 18-man squad yesterday, Warriors manager Shariff Mussa revealed that since only five local-based players make the list, the team will camp in the North African country ahead of the match.

“We will camp in Egypt for to five days before the match, if we were going to camp here it would have meant we were not going to have enough preparatory time due to Fifa regulations stating that clubs do not have to release players until four days before a match. So we are trying to maximise on those four days,” Mussa told the Daily News yesterday.

“We will leave here on March 21, pick up the South Africa-based players in Johannesburg, and arrive in Egypt on 22. The Europe-based players will fly directly from their respective bases and will also have to be in Egypt on March 22.”

Pagels has resisted the temptation to soften his stance on his drastic rebuilding exercise, sticking with his vision of putting trust in the next generation of Zimbabwean footballer.

The Warriors, who are going through transformation following the conclusion of probe into a world-famous match-fixing scandal and shattering failure to qualify for the 2013 African Nations Cup, began life under the German national with a promising 2-1 friendly win over Botswana on February 6.

Among Pagels’ bold decisions upon taking over from Rahman Gumbo late last year was appointing 22-year-old former Dynamos playmaker Denver Mukamba as new national team captain.

Not even the recent rich vein of scoring form by some of the country’s South Africa-based players like Takesure Chinyama, Cuthbert Malajila and Terrance Mandaza has nudged Pagels into reconsidering his radical vision.

Commenting on the squad, Mussa said:

“He (Pagels) has got his plans, vision and target. The current vision of his only focuses on these (players) and at the moment.”


Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi, Maxwell Mupanedengu.

Defenders: Patson Jaure, Ocean Mushure, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ocean Mushure, Lincoln Zvasiya, Augustine Mbara.

Midfielders: Denver Mukamba (captain), Quincy Antipas, Matthew Rusike, Archieford Gutu, Silas Songani, Ronald Chitiyo, Khama Billiat.

Forwards: Knowledge Musona, Rodreck Mutuma, Simba Sithole.

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