Nyandoro to lead Warriors again

VETERAN Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Esrom Nyandoro will again be handed the armband to lead the Warriors when they play against Angola in a decisive 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) second leg qualifier in Luanda on Sunday.

Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika Sports Correspondent

With skipper Tapiwa Kapini ruled out of the match due to injury, his deputy Nyandoro — who joined camp yesterday — will naturally take over the armband as Zimbabwe bids to qualify for the continent’s biggest soccer showcase.

The former AmaZulu anchorman took over the captain’s armband during the 3-1 home win at Rufaro after Kapini had been stretchered off with an injury.

Rahman Gumbo’s men are within shouting distance to join the big boys at the soccer jamboree to be hosted by South Africa in January next year.

The Warriors carry a good lead after posting a 3-1 victory over the 2006 World Cup finalists Angola in the first leg in Harare on September 9.

Ajax Cape Town forward Khama Billiart and Kalmar FF midfielder Archford Gutu were on target for Zimbabwe with an Angolan defender weighing in with an own goal.

Nyandoro (32), is carrying the huge responsibility of a success-starved nation which has been reduced to armchair viewers of the African game after missing the boat in the past three editions of the tournament since their last participation at the 2006 finals in Egypt.

Zimbabwe made their maiden appearance at Afcon finals in Tunisia in 2004 under coach Sunday Chidzambwa before taking part in Egypt two years later under Charles Mhlauri, who had taken over the baton in a campaign started by Gumbo.

Legendary Zimbabwean footballer Peter Ndlovu, now Warriors assistant coach, was the captain on both occasions should the Warriors secure a ticket to South Africa, Nyandoro will become the second player to captain Zimbabwe to the biennial soccer showcase.

Gumbo has converted Nyandoro from amid fielder into a central defender, a move which appears to be working as the Sundowns man has provided the stability which has been lacking on the Warriors backline.

The experienced midfielder is also being used in the same position in some of the matches for his struggling South African side.

Former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari, who has since retired from international football, failed to steer the national team to the Afcon finals after taking over from Ndlovu in 2006.

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  1. saka nyandoro atoprimo mu first 11 kaapa nhai hey kusiya better players like jaure na zvasiya here

  2. Natural choice of skipper. God hii

  3. i watched nyandoro playing on saturday and i must say i was not impressed at all.recycled material again?

    1. taura hako

    2. have you watched him play for the warrioirs. he is a natural stability that has been lacking for quite some time. but now that Kapini is injured; are we going for Ariel Sibanda. hatidi Energy please Rahman dont make this mistake

  4. Nyandoro akadyisa paweekend,akura and aneta .

  5. Guys this is our time musatya, come sunday Zimbabwe through to South Africa and get ready for joy varikuzviita vakomana.Tengai madrink chete imi


  7. I am disappointed at the contributions of arm chair football coaches who are now rooting for the return of Ephraim Mazarura, Energy Murambadoro, Kingstone Nkhata and a host of other players to the National Team. I am not jealous of these talented guys, but I only want those who are clamouring for their inclusion in the game against Angola to be remined that when these guys were given the opportunity ot represent the country, they did not do very well. I do not what magic they are expected to conjure on Sunday simply because they were cleared in the Asiagate saga.I am worried that some people want to change a winning team. In my opinion, there is no need to call up those disgraced warriors- never mind their clearing of wrong doing by the Ethics Committee-and we need to have faith with the squad that beat Angola 3-1 at home. Besides, what remains of some of these so called stars are their names, not current performances. Honestly speaking, can anyone in their right minds seriuosly claim that Mazarura is doing wonders in a league in Swaziland? Or that Energy, who is clubless, is still as good a keeper as he was several years ago? It would appear there are some players who pay their way into the team, and there are scribes who campaign for certain deadwood to be included. ZImbabwe haingabudiriri nezvakadai!

  8. nyandoro can do it he should just have someone with pace on his side otherwise hez ok in terms of timing.

  9. Nyandoro ndizvo ka vakomana maakurasika papi futi. you just need to to watch him play for the warriors and you will be satisfied

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