Warriors work overtime to secure UK-based players

08 Oct, 2021 - 14:10 0 Views
Warriors work overtime to secure UK-based players Marvelous Nakamba

The ManicaPost


Ray Bande
Senior Reporter


THE Warriors team management is working round the clock to ensure that the UK-based players feature in the return leg against the Black Stars of Ghana following the removal of Zimbabwe on the Covid-19 red list.

The return leg will be at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Tuesday.

Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare told Post Sport this morning that they are making frantic efforts to secure availability of the UK-based Warriors for the return leg in Harare.

“That is what we are working on right now and hopefully we will be successful,” said Mpandare.

If the move comes to fruition, it will be a major boost for the Warriors who will now be assured of the presence of succh players as Jordan Zemura, Brendan Galloway, Marvelous Nakamba and Tendayi Darikwa.

The return of United States-based Teenage Hadebe, who also missed the last two matches, was also good news to the Warriors technical team.

The British brigade were set to only play in tomorrow’s game at Cape Coast before returning to their bases.

A reprieve had been given that international footballers be allowed to travel to Covid-19 hotspots without going for quarantine on return.

Unfortunately, there was a condition that the players have to travel by private jet when they return from such assignments.

This meant that our Warriors would be available for the away game and not there for the Harare reverse fixture.

Zimbabwe are bottom of Group G with just a single point from the goalless draw against South Africa and 0-1 loss to Ethiopia.

They take on Ghana in back-to-back matches.

South Africa top the table with four points, while Ghana and Ethiopia are tied on three points.

The UK-based Warriors missed the two opening games against Bafana Bafana in Harare and the away trip to Ethiopia, as the two countries were also listed by the UK government as Covid-19 hotspots.

It is the game in Cape Coast that the Warriors under interim coach Norman Mapeza have to win to revive their 2022 World Cup hopes.


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