WARRIORS assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa has been forced to make a change to his national football team squad after FC Platinum Ali Sadiki suffered an injury at the weekend with How Mine forward Simba Sithole coming in as a replacement.
Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa confirmed the development yesterday.
“We have received a report that Ali Sadiki is injured and in his place the coaches have called up Simba Sithole of How Mine.
“We hope we don’t get any more injuries. The players are likely to play for their respective clubs tomorrow (today) before they release them,” said Mussa.
Sithole has impressed under coach Philani Mabhena, which has seen How Mine leaping to fourth position on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League standings.
Mutasa, who will take charge of the Malawi tie in the absence of head coach Klaus Dieter Pagels who will be away in Germany attending to family commitments, has named an 18-man squad that includes FC Platinum forward Charles Sibanda.
Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, who has cemented his place as the first choice goalkeeper ahead of Ariel Sibanda, has also been called up.
Big Caps United striker Tawanda Nyamandwe and Dynamos defender Ocean Mushure and midfielder Devon Chafa are also in the squad.
The Warriors coaches will use the match as part of Zimbabwe’s preparations for the match against Egypt next month as well as the Cosafa Castle Cup in Zambia and the African Cup of Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers in July.
The Warriors are set to leave for Malawi on Thursday morning by road.
Players will assemble at the Zifa house today.
Meanwhile, Zifa have pegged the rest of ground ticket for the Egypt match at $5 with bays 15 and 18 costing $20 while the VVIP enclosure will cost $50. The match has been scheduled for the National Sports Stadium.
Goalkeepers: Maxwell Nyamupangedengu (Harare City), Munyaradzi Diya (Highlanders)
Defenders: Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United) Felix Chindungwe (Chicken Inn), Eric Chipeta (Hwange), Ocean Mushure (Dynamos)
Midfielders: Kuda Musharu (Monomotapa), Silas Songani (Harare City), Ronald Chitiyo (Monomotapa), Masimba Mambare (Highlanders), Devon Chafa (Dynamos), Nicholas Alifandika (Black Mambas), Simba Sithole (How Mine), Charles Sibanda (FC Platinum), Prosper Matizanadzo (Buffaloes), Thabani Goredema (Chicken Inn)
Strikers: Tawanda Nyamandwe
(Caps United), Last Chibwiro (Black Mambas).