Pasuwa calls up Darikwa, Galloway

HARARE - Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa is hoping Zimbabwe-born England-based defenders Tendai Darikwa (Burnley) and Brendan Galloway (Everton) honour their call-ups for this month’s 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Swaziland.

“Obviously, the coach’s job is to call up the players and our job is to follow that up. We are hopeful and confident that they will adhere to this call-up,” Warriors team manager Sharif Mussa said at yesterday’s team announcement press conference.

“I have been speaking to them. Indications are that there might be one or two issues they had mentioned but I’m sure they will sort it out.

“If they fail, they will communicate with us that they are unable to but they are well aware of this call-up.”

In the past, Pasuwa has included the duo in his Warriors’ rosters but they never showed up.

Galloway, who recently signed an improved five-year deal with the Toffees, has a number caps for the England Under-17 and Under-19 sides.

The 19-year-old left back, born in Harare before moving to the United Kingdom, even has England as his national team on both his official Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Darikwa was born to Zimbabwean parents in Nottingham, England in December 1991 but is yet to choose which national team to play for between the Warriors and the Three Lions.

Pasuwa yesterday named a 27-man squad that also includes Colchester United midfielder Macauley Bonne.

The 20-year-old, who scored on his Zimbabwe Under-23 debut against Morocco in 2014, pulled out of the last match against Guinea due to club commitments but is expected to make it this time around.

Yesterday’s squad announcement comes at a time when Zimbabwe football was engulfed in a match-fixing scandal which has already seen Zifa board member for development Edzai Kasinauyo and Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube suspended from all football activities.

Zifa allege they unearthed a plot to fix the two matches against Swaziland with former association CEO Henrietta Rushwaya and ex-Warriors coach Ian Gorowa playing a leading role. Pasuwa admitted the match-fixing saga is likely to affect the players in a big way.

“We need to talk to the boys; we need to psyche them up. We don’t have any evidence to say the boys did what is being written (in the press),” he said.

“These are the same players that we have been calling and they have not committed anything wrong.

“There’s no player that I have been told by Zifa not to call up. If you look at the players I have called up, they are the ones who are having game time at their clubs.

“We all need continuity from the team that played against Malawi and Guinea.

Besides Darikwa and Galloway, the former Dynamos coach has kept faith with most of the players who participated in the 1-1 draw with the Syli Nationale last September.

Team

Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi (Pretoria University, SA) Tatenda Mukuruva (Dynamos), Donovan Bernard How Mine)

Defenders: Partson Jaure (Pretoria University, SA), Eric Chipeta (Chippa United), Tendai Darikwa (Burnley, England), Brendon Galloway (Everton, England), Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United), Bruce Kangwa (Highlanders), Onismor Bhasera (Bidvest Wits, SA) Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos).

Midfielders: Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Marvellous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands), Ronald Chitiyo (Harare City), Danny Phiri, Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Chicken Inn), Marshall Mudehwe (FC Platinum) Kuda Mahachi (Golden Arrows, SA), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Macauley Bonne ( Colchester United, England)

Forwards: Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende, Belgium), Cuthbert Malajila (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg, SA), Matthew Rusike (Helsingborg, Sweden), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang, China).

Comments (3)

Tendai Ndoro and Mashumba deserve to be in the squad.

owen maphosa - 13 March 2016

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