Monomotapa’s Charles Chiutsa and Gunners defender Qadr Amin have been called-up for the Warriors’ international friendly match against the Mambas of Mozambique that takes place in Maputo on Wednesday afternoon.
Chiutsa and Amin joined up on Monday night as the local contingent of the Warriors jetted off to South Africa as replacements for the injured Kaizer Chiefs’ leftback Zhaimu Jambo and the absent Ashley Rambanepasi, who is in Cyprus for trials.
Said acting head coach Madinda Ndlovu ahead of departure last night: “Jambo is injured so he misses out on the game while Rambanapasi has been replaced by Qadr Amin. I am also trying to get in touch with Master Masitara in Maputo in the event Phillip Marufu does not manage to connect from the DRC.”
Masitara plays for recently crowned Mozambican champions Liga Muculmana.
Ndlovu yesterday shed little light on his preparations but bemoaned lack of time to look at his players, although Fifa mid-week international friendly matches do not provide for such time, particularly for African countries.
“I haven’t assessed the players’ fitness levels. The reality is that there are not enough preparations. We are going to play but we have not prepared enough. I can give a good assessment when I see all the players.
“My plan is to have a morning training session tomorrow (Tuesday morning) in Johannesburg before we fly out to Maputo where we will also have a light workout at the match venue.”
In South Africa, the Warriors will pick red-hot Knowledge Musona, who destroyed Orlando Pirates with a double in the Soweto Derby at the weekend, his teammates at Chiefs Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha and the Mamelodi Sundowns’ trio of Esrom Nyandoro, Nyasha Mushekwi and Method Mwanjali.
Platinum Stars goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini will also travel as number two to Dynamos’ Washington Arubi, with his teammate, rookie Terrence Mandaza.
Oscar Machapa from Moroka Swallows and Tafadzwa Rusike from Ajax Cape Town are also in the team.
Ndlovu will be in charge after head coach Tom Saintfiet failed to obtain a work permit.
Belgian Saintfiet was denied a work permit on the basis that he breached the laws of the country by working without official papers.
It is also believed that the application submitted to the immigration authorities was incomplete.
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube has already ruled out taking back Saintfiet saying they were now hunting for a new coach.
Former Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri and Botswana-based Rahman Gumbo have been touted as possible replacements for Saintfiet.
Mhlauri is in the United States while Gumbo is coaching top-flight side Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Tapuwa Kapini (Platinum Stars, SA), Washington Arubi (Dynamos)
Gilbert Mapemba (Caps United), Daniel Vheremu (Gunners), Thomas Sweswe (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Zephaniah Ngodzo (Highlanders), Method Mwanjali (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Qadr Amin (Gunners)
Esrom Nyandoro (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Tafadzwa Rusike (Ajax Cape Town, SA), Benjamin Marere (Dynamos, Zim), Oscar Machapa (Moroka Swallows, SA), Charles Chiutsa (Monomotapa)
Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Phillip Marufu (FC Lupopo, DRC), Terrence Mandaza (Platinum Stars, SA), Nyasha Mushekwi (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA).