Warriors caretaker coach Madinda Ndlovu will not consider Motor Action players when he names his final squad for the African Nations Championships (Chan) on Wednesday.
Initially, Charles Sibanda and Bheki Ncube were part of his training until they joined big spenders FC Platinum (formerly Mimosa) before Tawanda Nyamandwe also joined the Mighty Bulls, who will be making their debut in the Caf Orange Champions League.
Two other players, Passmore Bernard and Tawanda Ushe, who were supposed to be part of the Young Warriors team to face Zambia in the second leg of the All-Africa Games preliminary qualifier on Sunday at Rufaro, were also excluded from the camp at the request of the Mighty Bulls.
The Warriors took a day off on Monday and resume training on Tuesday before the announcement of the final squad 24 hours later.
Ndlovu said on the players and training:
“We do not have any Motor Action players in camp right now as per their request. We did nothing today (Monday) and we will resume training tomorrow (Tuesday) before I announce the final squad on Wednesday.”
Under-23 manager Wellington Mupandare said on the Young Warriors players:
“I spoke to the team manager on the players (Ushe and Bernard) and he suggested I talk to Eric (Rosen, Mighty Bulls owner) but it is clear the players are not available for the Zambia game.”
Initially, Caf had agreed to postpone the second legs of the Orange Champions League if Motor Action had three players picked in the final Chan squad.
The Mighty Bulls play Cnaps Sports of Madagascar on the weekend of January 28-30 while the return leg had been set for February 12-14-a week after the Chan finals would have begun.
There was also a provision that if the country progressed further to the knockout stages of the competition, the next legs would also be postponed.
Dynamos have a bye in the first round and have six players in the Warriors training – Guthrie Zhokinyi, Washington Arubi, Denver Mukamba, Charles Chiutsa, Archieford Gutu, and new signing Francis Kanda from Highlanders — and will not be affected when the first round matches take place.
The first leg matches are to be played on March 18-20 2011 with the return leg on the weekend of April 3-4 .
Zifa had requested Caf to postpone the matches to avoid disturbing Ndlovu’s plans.
In response, Avla Hassan, the Caf competitions divisions Director, wrote: “Due to the fact that the return leg of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup scheduled on 11, 12, 13 February 2011 are going ahead during the Chan Sudan finals 2011, the Caf Bureau of the Organising Committee of the Inter-Clubs Competitions decided to allow the participating countries in the final tournament of Chan to postpone the return legs of their clubs in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup by two weeks.”
“They have to be played 25, 26, 27 February 2011 on condition that the list of their players in the Chan matches has at least three players from the concerned club.”
“In case of the country concerned qualifying for the knockout round of the Chan finals, another postponement will be allowed and the matches will be played on 4, 5, 6 March 2011. Kindly keep us informed in order to take the necessary measures in this request.”