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Confusion rocks Warriors


Zimbabwe Warriors caretaker coach Madinda Ndlovu was at sixes and sevens on who should make it into the 23-member final team.

Ndlovu had promised to name the squad after Wednesday’s afternoon training session but remained mum and promised to give away the names late last night.

However, indications are that the Under-23 players who are in camp with the Warriors will make the bulk of the squad.

The technical team, comprising Ndlovu and his two assistants Darlington Dodo and Friday Phiri have spoken glowingly about the youngsters.

Ariel Sibanda, Qadr Amin, Denver Mukamba, Achieford Gutu, Joel Ngodzo, and Simba Sithole are almost certain to make the trip to Sudan but the spotlight will be on Black Mambas player Abbas Amidu.

Amidu, who was part of the Young Warriors team that travelled to Zambia but only played a cameo role in the match surprisingly made it to the national team camp.

Ndlovu’s selection has raised eyebrows after the Black Mambas technical director ignored some quality players like Edmore Sibanda and George Magariro but opted for the relatively unknown Blessing Nyahunzvi from Ziscosteel, Isaac Madziva and Munyaradzi Mungava who plays for Black Mambas.

Questions have been raised whether their inclusion has not been influenced by the coach’s links to the police outfit or his connection to Benedict Moyo, the Zifa board member (competitions) who has a relationship with Ziscosteel.

Away from the confusion, Madinda was expected to name the final 23 squad members. The technical team has said three goalkeepers and 20 infield players will travel to Sudan.

Washington Arubi, Tafadzwa Dube and Highlanders’ Sibanda are probably going to make it while Hwange’s Timothy Sibanda is likely to be sacrificed.

Dumiso Khanye, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Daniel Vheremu, Gilbert Mapemba, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Amin, Arnold Chivheya and late comer Nyasha Mukumbi are likely to be included in defence.

In midfield, Monomotapa talisman Charles Chiutsa, Eric Mudzingwa, Bheki Ncube, Benjamin Marere, Gutu, Ngodzo, Elvis Meleka, and Mukamba are almost sure of making it to Sudan.

Gunners hitman and golden boot winner Norman Maroto looks set to lead the attack that includes Under-23 skipper Sithole, Mimosa’s new recruit and soccer star of the year finalist Charles Sibanda and Highlanders’ Francis Kanda.

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