Concern over Arubi

ALEXANDRIA - Warriors' first choice goalkeeper Washington Arubi picked up an injury in training yesterday ahead of the Egypt tie, sitting out the rest of the day’s session.

The University of Pretoria stopper, who is the Warriors vice-captain, saved a low shot, but the ball ricocheted off the near post and hit his finger.

Team doctor Nick Munyonga said it was too early to determine the seriousness of the injury.

The other goalkeeper in the Zimbabwe squad is Harare City’s Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

Should Arubi’s injury prove to be serious, Nyamupanedengu will be asked to start in goals against the Pharaohs for Tuesday evening’s 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Borgal Arab Stadium.

It will be a big blow to lose Arubi to the injury as he is one of the few experienced players called up for the game by new Zimbabwe interim coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels.

The German has discarded most of the players that were in the Warriors set-up when the team failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa earlier this year.

As the vice-captain, Arubi is expected to lead the relatively inexperienced squad to weather the storm the Pharaohs are expected to exert on the Zimbabwe defence.

The former Dynamos goalie started in goals for the Warriors in the 2-1 win over Botswana in an international friendly at Rufaro Stadium last month.

Since moving to the South African Premiership last year, Arubi has been in good form for AmaTurks and has deservedly earned a recall to the Warriors fold following the completion of the match-fixing probe surrounding the Zimbabwe national team.   

Meanwhile, the trio of fullback Ocean Mushure and midfielder Ronald Chitiyo and Silas Songani finally arrived here yesterday morning.

The three players had to stay behind in Addis Ababa after Ethiopian Airways bungled the Warriors connecting flight to Cairo.

The airliner overbooked passenger for the flight resulting in the trio failing to secure seats on the flight.

Egypt currently lead Group G with six points from two games while the Warriors are in third place with a single point behind Guinea, who are in second on three points.

Mozambique occupies the last place in the group with a single point from two games.

Zimbabwe’s chances of qualifying for the next round of qualifiers are now very slim following a home defeat to Guinea and a draw away to Mozambique last year.

The Warriors need to win all their remain four matches and hope that result elsewhere go their way if they are to pip Egypt for the top spot in Group G. - Enock muchinjo in Egypt

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