Katsande rules himself out

HARARE - Star midfielder Willard Katsande ruled himself out of Sunday’s 2015 African Nations Cup preliminary round qualifier against Tanzania, saying he is bed-ridden from the effects of a bug.

Katsande’s explanation comes amid speculation he would rather attend the South African PSL awards ceremony on the same day when the Warriors will be clashing with the Taifa Stars in Dar es Salaam.

The Kaizer Chiefs hardman is one of the front-runners for the Absa Premiership’s player of the season award following a splendid season with the Soweto giants, who relinquished their league title to newly-crowned champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the just-ended season.

“Katsande apparently says he has been down with a serious bug,” Warriors manager Shariff Mussa told the Daily News. 

“He says the bug is causing him to vomit, tiredness, drowsiness and weakness which has confined him to bed.

“When you have a situation when a player says he is sick, you can’t force matters.”

Asked if the Warriors’ technical team would have preferred the Amakhosi star to travel to Zimbabwe for their doctor to assess the extent of his condition, Mussa said:

“As it is now there is no time left. Had we learnt about it earlier we would have brought him in to be checked by our doctor but we only found out yesterday whilst all this time we were thinking he was going to make it.”

While acknowledging that Katsande’s absence will be a big blow to coach Ian Gorowa’s plans, Musa insisted the team will soldier on without the hard-tackling midfield dynamo.

“When a coach selects players he selects the best possible players at his disposal. So when they have an injury or cannot make t but what can you do? You just have to hope those called in can rise to the occasion,” Mussa said.

Meanwhile, Gorowa saw his selection options limited after Sydney Linyama limped off during Wednesdaday’s training session, joining Simba Sithole in the sick bay.

Subsequently, the Dynamos midfielder and Ajax Cape Town forward have been ruled out of Sunday’s encounter.

Gorowa has called up How Mine striker Kuda Musharu and Black Rhinos midfielder Wonder Kapinda as replacements.

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