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Slow start to Warriors camp

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The national soccer team’s preparations for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against Liberia in Monrovia got off to a slow start after many players failed to report for duty due to club commitments.
Warriors caretaker coach Norman Mapeza confirmed the development yesterday and said “there was nothing” he could do.
Local players were expected to troop into camp on Monday for a two-week training camp ahead of the crucial match on September 4.
Foreign-based players who were called up for the match can only join camp five days before the match as per Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) regulations.
Mapeza wanted to have more time with the local Warriors but the flurry of fixtures including mid-week games means his plans are in trouble.
He said: “Most of the players are with their clubs because there are league matches going on.
“There is no way we can prevent that because the players are owned by the clubs and have to fulfil fixtures,” said Mapeza before referring further questions to Zifa board member for competitions Benedict Moyo.
Efforts to get a comment from Moyo were fruitless as his mobile phone was off.
Monomotapa midfielder Charles Chiutsa and goalkeeper Tapiwa Mafunga have been called up for the camp.
Meanwhile, Liberia suffered a blow after Liberian-born Manchester City player Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely declined to play for the Lone Star. According to a Liberian newspaper, The Daily Observer, the striker who was recently promoted to the England U-21 team refused to play for his country of birth, where he was born on May 11, 1991.
Liberia’s Hungarian coach Berlatan Bicskei in early August called Nimely but the player failed to appear owing allegedly to intense training at his club in England. Bicskei had included Nimely in his 37-man Lone Star squad for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, but reports emerged that the whiz kid was not keen.
It was further indicated that Nimely, a graduate from Manchester City Football Academy, who was naturalised as an English citizen, is eyeing a senior English national team cap to fulfil the wishes of his English father.

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