Warriors troop into camp

Zimbabwe’s foreign-based players who make the core of the Warriors squad are expected in the country this afternoon for camp and begin preparations for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Congo.

Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges face the Congolese Red Devils, at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in a final Group G game where they need to avoid a defeat to qualify for the finals set for Egypt later this year.

All the four teams in Group G — Zimbabwe, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Congo — still have a chance of qualifying for the tournament to be held from June 15 to July 13, 2019. Zimbabwe top Group G with eight points ahead of Liberia, who have seven points, while DRC and Congo-Brazzaville are sitting at six and five points respectively.

Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare yesterday revealed SuperSport United forward Evans Rusike who sustained a knock during last week’s Absa Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs in a 1-1 draw will be part of those that are expected in the country this afternoon at 14:35hrs.

Rusike will be accompanied by the Kaizer Chiefs pair of Khama Billiat and Teenage Hadebe and Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova and will be joined by the local players.  

Mpandare said the majority of South Africa-based players will touch down at the Robert Mugabe International Airport at 17:00 and will be joined by other Europe-based players in Alec Mudimu, Tino Kadewere, Kelvin Lunga and Admiral Muskwe. Skipper Knowledge Musona and the Orlando Pirates pair of Marshall Munetsi and Kuda Mahachi are only expected in the country tomorrow on time for the team’s first training session at the Yadah Complex where they will be camped ahead of the match.

Nottingham Forest defender Tendai Darikwa will only arrive on Wednesday. “Most of the guys are arriving tomorrow (today) and are likely to get a rest before getting down to serious business the following day,” Mpandare told the Daily News.

Chidzambwa’s charges need at least a draw to seal their qualification as a defeat against Congo at home will see the Warriors booted out on head-to-head basis should the other match DRC and Liberia produce a winner.

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), Petros Mhari

Defenders:
Devine Lunga (Glden Arrows), Marshal Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest), Jimmy Dzinga (Power Dynamos), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Godknows Murwira (FC Platinum)

Midfielders: 
Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Richard Hachiro (Herentals), Kuda Mahachi (Orlando Pirates), Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah Stars), Knowledge Musona (Sporting Lokeren), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Kelvin Lunga (SV Ridinghausen), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Talent Chawapihwa (Amazulu)

Strikers: 
Tino Kadewere (Le Havre AC), Evans Rusike (Supersport United), Admiral Muskwe (Leicester City), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Abbas Amidu (Arar)  

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