Gorowa's positive headache

HARARE - Zimbabwean forward Edward Sadomba scored the only goal on Friday when Libyan outfit Ahly Benghazi beat holders Al-Ahly 1-0 in the African Champions League in Tunis to further enhance his reputation as a proven scorer at a time his country needs such hitmen in their quest to qualify for next year’s African Nations Cup finals.

Despite being a seasoned campaigner in African competitions with different North African clubs, Sadomba has not enjoyed a consistent run with his national team since leaving the Zimbabwean domestic scene in 2009.

The former Dynamos talisman, the star of the Harare giants’ first league title inside a decade back in 2007, has launched a successful career in mostly Muslim African countries and the Middle East for five years – scoring crucial goals for his different clubs on both domestic and continental fronts.

But different Warriors coaches seemed not to have the speedy forward firmly in their plans, resulting in the ex-Harare United man making sporadic appearances for the national side.

However, Sadomba’s scoring form – especially netting against African giants Al-Ahly of Egypt, a team he was once linked with – will delight Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, who is trying to build a competitive squad for the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

It’s not just Sadomba whose form gives Gorowa positive headache ahead of the qualifiers.

Presently, Zimbabwe seems to have an array of attacking options, heralding exciting times ahead for the country.

Knowledge Musona – Zimbabwe’s chief striker under the stewardship of Norman Mapeza, Rahman Gumbo, Klaus-Dieter Pagels and now Ian Gorowa – will remain so for a long time to come.

Musona has recently unleashed a flurry of goals in his second spell with Kaizer Chiefs, a rich vein of form which has resulted in the South African champions making overtures to make his loan spell from German side 1899 Hoffenheim permanent.

The 22-year-old Zimbabwe kingpin, however, insists he will head back to the Bundesliga at the end of the current season to re-launch his European career.

Musona’s Chiefs teammate and fellow countryman, Kingston Nkhatha, has also been finding the back of the net quite regularly these days.

Another Absa Premiership hitman, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Cuthbert Malajila, made a comeback in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 against Golden Arrows on Saturday after being side-lined with a hamstring injury for close to a month.

That too will be good news for Gorowa.

Not to forget recent exports, Tendai Ndoro and Silas Songani. The two attackers have made promising starts to their careers with Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa and Sonderjyske in Denmark.

Both are naturally wingers, although Ndoro has lately settled as an out-and-out striker and looking comfortable in that role.

It’s not just the strikers who give Zimbabwe hope for the future in terms of attacking options.

Khama Billiat is absolute sheer quality, a playmaker of the highest calibre who sets up chances and finishes off chances as well.

Add in Kuda Mahachi, the find of the Chan tournament, and you have a team that really should be in Morocco next year for the Afcon finals.

It will all come down to how the country uses this golden generation of players to great effect.

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