Karuru recalled for Egypt tie

OVIDY Karuru has bounced back into the Warriors as Zimbabwe prepares for the Brazil 2014 football World Cup qualifier against Egypt in Alexandria at the end of the month after receiving a call-up to replace Simba Sithole, who was injured playing for his South African club Supersport United at the weekend.

Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika

Karuru, who plays for Belgian club OH Leauven, last featured for the Warriors in the 0-0 draw against Mozambique in a World Cup qualifier last year and has been ignored since then.

Rahman Gumbo, who was the coach at the time, publicly criticised the player for missing a clear chance, suggesting it was the reason the Warriors failed to collect all three points.

Karuru was subsequently left out of the 2013 African Cup of Nations home and away qualifiers against Angola, a move that was castigated by many football followers.

The former Gunners striker was also omitted as new coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels named the squad that played Botswana in an international friendly in January, but the highly-fancied player on the local scene maintained commitment to the Warriors’ cause and the German mentor finally heeded amplified calls to restore him into the squad.

Kaizer Chiefs forward Mathew Rusike, who is also out of the Egypt tie after sustaining a groin injury while on duty for his club, has been replaced by his namesake Ajax Cape Town midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike.

“Both players are injured and are out of the match against Egypt and we have since called up Ovidy Karuru to replace Simba Sithole,” said Pagels.

“Tafadzwa Rusike will replace Mathew Rusike. I can’t really say the injury to these players has affected my plan for this game because we have many players who are playing in these positions.”

Rusike’s injury came as a blow to the player, who was making only his fourth start and had received only his second international call-up after earning a first cap against Botswana where he created the first goal for Khama Billiat.

The clash against Egypt will be Pagels’ second match in charge of the Warriors since taking over from Gumbo.

The Warriors have just a single point from the campaign after falling to Guinea and stuttering to a 0-0 draw against Mozambique with Gumbo in charge.

And Pagels, who has been given the responsibility to build a new-look Warriors following the disappointing failure to qualify for the Nations Cup finals for the umpteenth time, believes the World Cup campaign is still alive. He insists though his target will be to lead the team to the 2015 Nations Cup finals, there is still a chance to rescue the 2014 World Cup campaign.

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  1. I still maintain that the squad desperately need Willard Katsande, he is the direct replacement for Father Tinashe. Upfront we need to add steel such as Malajila, Nkata or Takesure. At least reason has prevailed in recalling Ovidy, clearly he was a missing link in the puzzle and the coach should swallow his pride and bring on board Katsande.

  2. Karuru, Karuru fire,Egypt hokoyo

  3. Our defense is the most worrying area so far, hameno Mwari wacho!

  4. Haaa at least coach azogonawo.

  5. thanks Pagels for recalling Karuru but honestly Willard Katsande is still the missing link……… its not too late Pagels to swallow your pride and bring him on board.

  6. Katsande is really needed considering that Rusike is out and i am shocked he is calling people who are not playing and living katsande he is a good man considering Egyptians are strong and they needed a good ball distributor like katsande

  7. ZIFA need to assist whoever is national coach to have chance to assess the player or watch him play for his current team in particular those treading their profession outside. The mere fact that a player is contracted to an outside team does not necessarily mean he is playing. I can assure you that there are better players playing locally. Some players are signed by outside clubs and then park them to stop other teams from taking them. game time makes the player and not he used to be a good or better player. When a player is parked by his team , the National coach should also park him .

  8. azaria ndukwana

    the selection of the team is really dubious especially the deffence.they was need 2 add 1 or 2 experienced players.a lot of questions is going to be asked to this defence by the marauding pharaohs,we dont want an embarrasment out of egypt leaving out katsande and nengomasha is tantamount 2 self destruction.pagel shooting self on foot

  9. Asaria Jealousy Zhuwao

    Salt and vingar is needed pamunda pliz mr Pegalz

  10. All local based players doesnt have match fitness he s playing with us the coach

  11. Katsande pliz

  12. Willard katsande missing

  13. Pagels pliz just swallow your pride and call katsande pliz

  14. Now Katsande and Veremu/Sweswe/Jamo(an experienced C.B) only missing otherwise its now nearly a National Team.

  15. Mthulisi pliz

  16. team zimbabwe is trying hard but hopefully will get the money together to play egypt. its a Total Shame FIFA will suggest withdrawing over “money” issues. egypt will be taking first place in any case i have no doubts about that but maybe zimbabwe will be able to be 2nd team in! sorry FIFA are creating a second blockade to the world cup good luck,Praises

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