Duduza ready to deliver

HARARE - Returning Zimbabwe forward Edward “Duduza” Sadomba says he is ready to lead the Warriors in tomorrow’s make-or-break 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania and there will be no excuses if he failed to deliver.

Sadomba has enjoyed much success on the African continent at club level in various Caf competitions but he is still to set the Warriors alight with his scoring talent.

The Al Ahly Benghazi striker jetted into the country on Thursday night and was part of the Warriors squad that trained at the National Sports Stadium yesterday afternoon.

With Zimbabwe trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Ian Gorowa’s men need to win tomorrow’s match by two clear goals to progress to the second round of qualifiers.

With injuries to attackers Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Kuda Mahachi ruling the trio out of the tie, the nation’s expectations have been placed solely on Sadomba’s shoulders.

Sadomba, with only one goal in 14 matches for Zimbabwe, acknowledged the fact that he is not the most prolific striker for the Warriors, but is adamant that it will all change tomorrow.

“Firstly, it all depends with the combinations that you have in the national team. With the national team you also have little time to prepare and it’s different from club football. But that’s not an excuse,” he said.

“You just have to do your best every time you play for the national team. I will be comfortable playing in any position the coach wants me to play.

“I play as an outright striker for my club but I will be comfortable wherever the coach wants me to play.”

The former Dynamos talisman was on target at the weekend for his Libyan side in their 3-2 win over Esperance in an Africa Champions League group game in Tunisia last week.

Sadomba allayed any fears that he might not be match fit to face the Taifa Stars after a texting journey to Harare and only getting two training sessions with his teammates. 

“Fortunately I was training with my club so in terms of fitness I’m OK,” he said. “I feel great to be back with the national team. Everyone wants to represent the national team. I would like to thank the coaches for giving me this opportunity to come back.

“We are trailing one-nil and everyone is under pressure. We are going to do our best.”

Warriors coach Ian Gorowa was pleased with the way preparations for tomorrow’s game have gone, and is confident his players will deliver the much desired victory.

“We are ready and I thing we have done our preparations well. We only have one more training session tomorrow (today),” Gorowa said.

“We now have a full complement of strikers since Edward Sadomba is here.  The spirit is high in the camp so it’s also a positive sign.

“The players, however, have to do the job on Sunday. They can have the high spirits now but we have to score goals on Sunday. That’s the only thing we are looking forward to, to score goals on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces have confirmed they have signed Highlanders and Zimbabwe midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo while also declaringg that Moyo’s fellow countryman Tendai Ndoro will stay with the club following interest from within South African and abroad.

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