Musona jets in. . . Warriors captain confident of shrugging off injury

WARRIOS skipper Knowledge Musona hopes to shrug off a minor injury in time for Sunday’s crucial African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Congo at the National Sports Stadium.

Musona suffered a strain on his adductor muscles last week, which kept him out of his Belgian club Sporting Lokeren’s last game of the season raising concerns if he could recover on time for the Warriors’ do-or-die tie against the Red Devils.

But speaking to the local media immediately after touching down at the Robert Mugabe International Airport yesterday afternoon, the Aces Youth Soccer Academy product appeared calm on the extent of the injury.  

The 28-year-old, who will be assessed by the national team doctors before his first training session with the rest of the squad this morning said: “I went for a scan and it’s a small rupture on my groin. They (doctors) said it’s nothing big, so I will see in the next coming days how I will recover.   

“I’m feeling okay at this moment but I think I have to go on the field and try to do the things that I was doing when I was feeling pain and see how I will respond. At this moment I can run normally, I don’t feel any pain at all. So I just need to go and kick the ball and see what happens.”

There is no doubt Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa will be desperate to have his captain fit for the match especially after midfielder Marvellous Nakamba, who has been a key member in these qualifiers, has been ruled out due to injury.

And speaking on the match, Musona was upbeat on the team’s chances of making it to Egypt saying: “I think there is not much pressure for me and the guys. We just have to play like we used to from the beginning.

“I think it’s a matter of finishing what we started because we had a good campaign. We only lost once, and we have a good record at home so we just have to go for a win. “We are not going to say a draw is enough for us. When you are at home you have to try and win and make the country proud.

“So, we are not going for anything less than a win. Whatever comes at the end of the game it has to be the best from us so that we can go to Egypt. “There is no pressure. I think we are going to deliver like we did before.” “Our fans can expect the same performance that we have given them in all our home games.

“They are obviously looking forward to watch the game and seeing us qualify for Egypt so we are promising them that we are going to give our best and try to win the game and make the country proud.”
Musona also took time to reflect on his loan move from Belgian giants Anderlecht to Lokeren during the January transfer window.

“It feels very good because I must say the first six months for me at Anderlecht were very tough because I didn’t get a lot of game time and I managed to go to a team that wanted me to play and I was playing consistently,” he said.

“It really felt good because as a professional footballer you always want to play week in week out and try to put yourself out there to the market and deliver for your club so it was a great feeling.”
The Warriors will today intensify their preparations following the arrival of the bulk of the players called for duty while Nottingham

Forest defender Tendai Darikwa, is expected in the country this afternoon. The Warriors need at least a draw in their last match to seal a place at the Afcon finals set for Egypt from June 15 to July 13, 2019 as a defeat will see them bow out on head-to-head basis should the other match between Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Liberia produce a winner.

Chidzambwa’s charges head into Sunday’s match sitting at the top of Group G with eight points ahead of Liberia, who have seven points, while Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo are on six and five points respectively.
All the four teams in the group still have a chance of qualifying for the tournament.

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