Young Warriors put on brave face

HARARE - Despite shoddy preparations and a seemingly insurmountable clash against Cameroon on Sunday in the All-Africa Games qualifier, the Young Warriors were yesterday putting on a brave face and insisted they can produce a good result.

The Young Warriors’ camp has been rocked with confusion as Premiership clubs refuse to release players for national duty.

With the Premiership set to start this afternoon, Calisto Pasuwa, who is bracing for his first competitive assignment as Young Warriors coach, has been left to battle with clubs to release players and it looks certain that he would work with a makeshift squad.

“We are hoping to register a positive result on Sunday because the players who are in camp are showing a lot of determination,” Young Warriors team manager Charles Mukaronda told Daily News yesterday.

The team’s preparations were thrown into further disarray yesterday after Mamelodi Sundowns, who had earlier assured to release midfielder Kuda Mahachi made a U-turn.

Mukaronda said Sundowns told them they were no longer releasing Mahachi because they have a crucial Cup game on Sunday.

“Yes, I can confirm that Mahachi will not come for the game.

“Sundowns informed us they have an important cup game on Sunday,” he said.

“Obviously, the development is not good news to us but this is a big chance for those who are in camp to prove themselves.

“We told ourselves that although things are difficult we need to work with what is there.”

Mukaronda also said Highlanders are trying to call back their teenage goal-machine Thomas Chideu, arguing that most of their strikers are injured and are not able to play their opening league match against ZPC Kariba tomorrow.

“We also received a call from Highlanders saying they need Chideu to come back, but we are still discussing the issue and I hope we are going to find a common ground.

“I want to appeal to PSL that in future they must postpone their league matches if there is an international match, clubs must put their country first.”

Some of the foreign-based players who have already been ruled out of Sunday’s match are Netherlands-based Marvelous Nakamba and Macaulley Bonne, who plays for Colchester United in England.

Akim Abdular, who plays for Sunshine Dodges in Australia, and United States-based Judar Rashirai are the only foreign-based players who have joined camp.

Meanwhile, match officials for the All Africa Games second round first leg qualifier between hosts Zimbabwe and Cameroon have been revealed.

South African officials will be in charge of the game. Tinyiko Victor Hlungwani is the referee and will be assisted by Thembisile Theophilus Windvoel and Sandile Dilikane while the fourth official is Kulasande Qongqo.

Filipe Lucas Johane of Mozambique is the match commissioner.

Gate charges have been pegged at $3 for the rest of the ground while for the Upper Grand Stand fans will pay $5. Fans in the VIP stand will pay $10.

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