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Fierce battle for Chan places


WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa has revealed that there is fierce competition for places in the team ahead of the African Nations Championships (Chan) tournament.


Gorowa, mindful of the possibility of losing some of his players to foreign clubs in the January transfer window, called up an enlarged 29 member squad to prepare for the tournament designed exclusively for home-based players.

The Warriors coach has already lost striker Tendai Ndoro who took part in the Chan qualifiers to South African Premiership side Mpumalanga Black Aces.

But the Warriors gaffer, whose team has been using the state-of-the-art facilities at Innovate High Performance Centre in Mount Pleasant said his troops were responding well.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows coach said it was an honour for his team to be training at the upmarket facility with the help of respected fitness trainer Grant Mitchell, who is the director at the facility and also the strength and fitness conditioning coach of the national rugby team — Sables.

“It’s an honour for us to be training here and working with Mitchell. This is where football is going. Normally this facility is used by rugby and tennis players, but I am happy with the response the players have shown. It has been great. Everyone is working hard and wants to be part of the team, as you are aware we called up a squad of 29 which will then be trimmed to the final 23.

The attitude is very good and I can’t ask for more,” said Gorowa.

The Warriors are set to leave for South Africa on January 6.

They are in Group B which also includes Burkina Faso, Uganda and Morocco. The tournament runs from January 11 to February 1.

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