Mambare injury scare

HARARE – Zimbabwe have been potentially been dealt a massive blow ahead of their Chan qualifier against Zambia on Saturday after captain Masimba Mambare picked up an injury during training session on Wednesday.

Mambare, who is the captain of local-based group of Warriors, injured his knee after colliding with defender Partson Jaure during training at Gwanzura Stadium.

The Warriors drew with Chipolopolo in the first leg in Harare last weekend.

Ian Gorowa’s men need to go and force a scoring draw in Zambia or to completely turn the tables and beat Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Warriors’ assistant coach Callisto Pasuwa said the technical bench will consult with the team doctor to see the extent of the injury before they depart for Zambia tomorrow.

The Warriors have already lost Chicken Inn striker Tendai Ndoro, who is in South Africa to seal a deal with Absa Premiership outfit Bidvest Wits.

FC Platinum striker Donald Ngoma has since been called to replace the country’s leading marksman.

Ngoma trained with the team yesterday and is likely to join forces with former teammate Nelson Maziwisa and Dominic Chungwa, the other strikers in camp.

Ngoma, Highlanders’left-back Bruce Kangwa and winger Kudakwashe Mahachi are the three players who were added to beef up the squad as the technical team try do all they can to ensure a third Chan qualification.

“We are waiting for the doctors to see if it’s anything serious,” Pasuwa told Daily News.

“Mambare is one of the players we are looking forward to play an important role in our quest. We hope it’s nothing serious and he will be fit to travel with the team.”

“Our chances are 50-50. We can still go there and pull up a surprise in front of their home crowd. We just need to work hard upfront and score those goals.

“We are hoping the guys will utilise all the chances that come their way. It’s a big challenge to the strikers. Ndoro, who was our leading striker, is no longer part of the team and it’s an opportunity for the other guys to prove their worth. We are happy the new players called are responding well. “

The Warriors are bidding for a third appearance at the tournament having been to the last two editions of the Chan tournament in Cote d'Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.

The winner of the second and final round of the qualifiers will advance to the 201 tournament in South Africa in January-February next year.

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