Pasuwa axes absent Mushure

HARARE - Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has expelled defender Ocean Mushure from the team’s camp after the reigning Castle Lager first runner-up failed to turn up for training in time.

The Warriors trooped into camp on Sunday to begin preparations for the African Nations Championship (Chan) to be held in Rwanda next year.

And with most of the players called for duty reporting for training, Mushure did not heed the call for unexplained reasons.

Pasuwa has reiterated that indiscipline and poor show of commitment from players would not be allowed in his team, and has expelled the defender from the squad.

“There is no communication from Mushure, he did not communicate,” Pasuwa said before the Warriors’ afternoon training session yesterday.

“We called 32 players and I think of the 32 we now have 31 and we have to choose from those who are willing to play. We can’t force him.

“We called the guys to come into camp and those who wanted to play came and he didn’t come so we will train with those who want to go and play.”

Pasuwa said he is expecting Bulawayo-based players to join the rest of the squad today while captain Danny Phiri is expected tomorrow.

“We are expecting some of the guys from Bulawayo to arrive this evening and they will join us tomorrow.

“Again, (Danny) Phiri has got a problem and will be arriving on Wednesday (today), we also wanted to give him a rest. He has got so many injuries. He has been playing almost every game and needs some rest. We need him by the time we go to Rwanda.”

Pasuwa said he will trim the squad by the end of this week.

“We have been assessing injuries on these boys, remember the season has just finished and I have seen some of the boys have been hiding injuries and with what we have seen, especially in the morning you can see it’s catching up with some of them.

“And by the end of the week, we will trim some of the injured guys because we cannot keep them in camp, we will have to send them back. I think we have a big pool of players and we will not be calling other players.”

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