MAHACHI OUT: Warriors suffer huge blow

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THE Warriors suffered a huge blow yesterday after forward Kuda Mahachi was ruled out of the do-or-die 2015 Africa Cup of Nations first round second leg football qualifier against Tanzania in Harare on Sunday.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Mahachi, on loan to Highlanders from South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, was in Namibia over the weekend with his parent club for a cup match against African Stars, but did not feature in the Brazilians’ 1-0 win on Sunday due to an injury picked at training.

The Warriors star had been expected to start training with the rest of the squad in Harare yesterday, but after being assessed by team doctor Nick Munyonga, it was discovered he was not fit to play as he needed time to recover.

His South African club then asked him to return to Pretoria for treatment.

“Kuda has been assessed by the doctor and he said he has an ankle injury and there was no way he could play on Sunday. His club Mamelodi Sundowns has requested him to return to South Africa for further treatment,” team manager Shariff Mussa said.

“As for Edward Sadomba, we are still to get more information from his club with regard to his travelling arrangements so we are still expecting him.”

Sadomba, who scored his fifth Champions League goal for his Libyan side Al Ahly Benghazi in Tunisia on Saturday, is expected to bring in the much-needed pace upfront to unsettle and eventually break down the Taifa Stars, should he eventually make the trip today.

Midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo, who lasted only 26 minutes for Highlanders in their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win at Buffaloes on Sunday after picking up a knock, has also been ruled out.

Right-back Hardlife Zvirekwi and defensive midfielder Danny Phiri also picked up knocks at training yesterday morning, but Mussa said they were not serious issues and were expected to play on Sunday.

The unavailability of these players due to injuries has now limited coach Ian Gorowa’s selection options. Later in the afternoon, Mussa said there had not been any changes since the first training session in the morning.

The Warriors, who lost 1-0 in Dar es Salaam a fortnight ago, need to score two clear goals to advance to the next round of the qualifiers in which they would face either neighbours Mozambique or South Sudan.

Should they proceed from there, they will join Group E, which also has neighbours Zambia, Cape Verde and Niger for the final lap to Morocco.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Complacency and over confidence, is our number one enemy in Zimbabwean football. we failed to score even an away goal away from home but today we are declaring victory over Tanzania before the ball has been kicked. sadomba has a POOR record for the warriors so we should not depend on him too much . Tanzania are no push overs and with the way the warriors are preparing without any meaningfull friendly matches I predict a major upset on sunday .

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  2. guyz we need to be serious i prophesy doom on sunday.rely on sadomba , then you will see

  3. go warriors-go,turn deaf ears to those prophets of doom.we are going to make it on sunday.God be with us on this day.we cannot be ousted with a team without a record in soccer,,,,,

  4. how on earth can two key players pick up knocks on training?i think the Coach should manage this.Lets improve our reporting on National team,build positive critics and advise by interviewing specialists and ordinary people as well.Our business community should also offer money for each goal to improve team work,The visitors will come with a mind set of defending their goal,most likely they will play a 4-5-1 formation and major on counter.in my view they are a novice team which can not be disciplined to defend for 90 mins.All we need is to be bold and use 3 defenders 3 holding midfielders 2 strikers and 2 attacking, highly dribbling midfielders ,Lets be very fast in passing the ball,trying from all angles will help us to get corners etc,Coach lets shoot, first half alone we want not less then 25 shots on target,We want a C formation around their gate the liverpool way.wish our team the best,we can put in 2 to 3 goals

  5. We are winning by at least 4 goal, i can see everyone is a scorer. Though we miss Musona undoutedly most reliable goal getter, but with Karuru,Katsande, Deco the midfield is mobile and stable.I just hope Ndoro and Sadomba can lead the attack. We miss as well the attack minded linkmen of Billiat, Gutu and Kuda. Good in in office coach. May God bless Zimbabwe.

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