Goalkeeper crisis hits Young Warriors

HARARE - Calisto Pasuwa, the Zimbabwe Under-23 team coach, says he might end up playing in goals this Sunday against Swaziland as the Young Warriors’ player crisis continues.

As of yesterday, only Hwange goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya was among the 17 players in camp for the first leg of the 2015 African Under-23 Championship qualifier scheduled for Rufaro Stadium.

Dynamos withdrew their goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva from the encounter as they intend to use him for Monday’s league match against Tsholotsho FC.

How Mine shot stopper Bernard Donovan is in South Africa with the senior national team for the Cosafa Cup.

Pasuwa had tried to call-up CAPS’ new number 1, Chris Mverechena but the club refused to release him as they face Dongo Sawmills on the same day as the Swaziland match.

At yesterday’s morning training session, Pasuwa and his technical team had to involve Mawaya sparingly as they do not want to risk their only goalkeeper getting injured.

This has left the former Dynamos coach in a quandary as it is not a healthy situation to prepare for such an important match with one goalkeeper. 

“I have been trying to run around to look for a goalkeeper as we have got only one goalkeeper,” said Pasuwa.

“We wanted to bring back Donovan from South Africa but as you know if the players are accredited for a tournament already then they are not allowed to come back.

“We want to talk to CAPS United for them to release Chris Mverechena but I heard they have a game on Sunday.

“For now we are not we are resting our goalkeeper Mawaya because we a fear that he will be injured if he does too much training. If that happens then I will have to be the goalkeeper myself on Sunday.”

Pasuwa admitted that the situation is now a huge predicament which has disrupted all his plans for the encounter.

CAPS defender Ronald Pfumbidzayi is in Belgium for trials while Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Kuda Mahachi is sorting out personal problems in Bulawayo and is only expected in the capital today.

Colchester United forward Macaulley Bonne will not be making the trip from the United Kingdom to Harare.

Efforts to secure the release of FC Platinum winger Walter Musona also hit a brick wall.

“Yes there is a crisis in the camp, especially when you are training with one goalkeeper and without our main defenders,” he said.

“Bonne didn’t come, maybe it’s something to do with the air ticket. As for Mahachi, I heard he is in Bulawayo.

“We communicated with him and he told us that his child is in hospital and is not feeling well. But he is coming and I think later today he will be available.

“Another player we called is Walter Musona but the FC Platinum authorities refused to release him. On Ronald Pfumbidzai, we were told he was going to come back on Friday but I heard the team extended his trial days.”

Pasuwa also warned his charges against underestimating Swaziland.

“It is the preparations which count most, remember Swaziland pulled out of All Africa Games aiming to play in these qualifiers.

“Our opponents have been in camp for two to three months and we are playing against an organised team. I think this will be one of our toughest matches. We need everybody to motivate the boys so that we can get a result here.”

Players in camp: Takabva Mawaya, Munyaradzi Nyenye, Edwin Madhananga, Liberty Chakoroma, Lawrance Mhlanga, Teenage Hadebe, Gerald Takwara, Nqobizitha  Masuku, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Wisdom Mutasa, Jimmy Konono, Tinotenda Muswe, Tino Kadewere, Mgcini Sibanda, Thomas Chideu, Marlvin Gaki, Emmanuel Mandiranga,

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