Ndoro blow for Warriors

HARARE - Zimbabwe's preparations for Saturday’s African Nations Championship final qualifier against Zambia have been dealt a major blow after it emerged that striker Tendai Ndoro’s availability is in doubt.

The Chicken Inn forward was scheduled to fly out of the country Tuesday morning for a second trail stint with South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits.

Although Ndoro’s handlers and Wits insists the striker will be back in the country by Thursday before the Warriors travel to Zambia, the Warriors’ technical bench is already making contingency plans.

Ndoro spent a week-long stay at the Clever Boys at the end of last month and missed the Warriors’ first leg clash away to Mauritius in the previous round of the competition.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt wants another look at the player before making a final decision whether to sign him or not.

This latest development has greatly affected Warriors coach Ian Gorowa’s plan for Saturday’s second leg clash against Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The Warriors were unable to break down a plucky Zambia defence at the weekend in the first leg at Rufaro Stadium. The match finished goalless.

Zimbabwe’s preparations for the first leg were also disturbed after the Castle Premiership organised mid-week matches, forcing the national team to release players back to their clubs.

Ndoro, who is the local Premiership’s leading goal scorer with 12 goals, played in the entire 90 minutes of that first leg and has been the chief striker in the locally-based Warriors squad.

The Warriors’ technical staff was not pleased with the timing of this latest trip.

“This has disrupted all the coach’s plans for the second leg,” Warriors team manager Patrick Mutesva told the Daily News.

“Tendai is one of the key players in the team and we only learnt of his trip today, which disrupts everything the coach was planning.”

Gorowa is now left with only two recognisable strikers in his squad in Nelson Maziwisa of FC Platinum and CAPS United’s Dominic Chungwa.

Mutesva said the coaches are still to make a decision on whether to call up another forward to replace Ndoro.

Meanwhile, Gorowa yesterday called up Chicken Inn midfielder Kuda Mahachi to bolster his midfield options.

The Warriors on Sunday lacked fluidity in midfield, with Ndoro and Maziwisa receiving limited service to threaten the Zambia defence.

Mahachi can operate in either wing or play behind the strikers, which gives Gorowa plenty of options.

Highlanders left back Bruce Kangwa was also drafted into the squad to give cover to Triangle fullback Blessing Chimwamuchere.

The Dynamos duo of Ocean Mushure and Augustine Mbara were the two left-backs in the original squad, but pulled out last week due to injuries.

Zimbabwe on Monday held one training session at Gwanzura Stadium before conducting a loosening exercise at Les Brown Swimming Pool in the CBD.

They will have a rest day Tuesday before resuming training on Wednesday.

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Bambo Muzvokwadi - 20 August 2013

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