WARRIORS striker Edward Sadomba arrived in the country last night ahead of the team’s decisive 2015 Africa Cup of Nations first round, second round qualifier against Tanzania at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
There were fears that the in-form Libyan-based striker will not make it for the match due to flight complications from his base which saw the player missing four days of training with the Warriors, but national team manager Shariff Mussa yesterday assured the nation that the speed merchant will definitely be joining camp last night.
Speaking after the Warriors’ practice match against league champions Dynamos at the match venue Mussa said: “I have been in touch with him since morning and I can assure you that he will join his teammates in camp tonight (last night). He is coming in with an evening flight and will be at training tomorrow (today).”
Sadomba was initially expected to jet in on Monday morning after featuring for his club Al Ahly Benghazi in the 3-2 win over Esperance in the Caf Champions League in Tunisia on Saturday, but flight problems back to the war-ravaged Libya meant that the striker was holed up in the North African nation.
However, it looks like the problem has been sorted out and Sadomba, who is topping the scoring charts in the Caf Champions League with five goals, will lead the Warriors attack on Sunday.
In the preparatory match against Dynamos, the Warriors went down 3-1, a scoreline which will not obviously damage their morale ahead of the Sunday match.
Danny Phiri scored for the Warriors while Dynamos got their goals from Ocean Mushure, Tichaona Mabvura and Thomas Magorimbo.
Striker Tendai Ndoro limped off the pitch early in the match with a suspected hamstring problem while captain Patson Jaure was another injury worry for the Warriors when he was carried off the pitch and had bandages strapped on his head after a heavy collision with Rodreck Mutuma in a tussle for possession.
Mussa said the injuries were nothing to worry about. “We pulled both of them as a precautionary measure. Ndoro said he felt a strain on his hamstring and Jaure had a knock on his head, but the medical team have told me that it’s not something serious. They should be fine for training tomorrow (today).”
From the match, there was a hint on how Warriors coach Ian Gorowa will line his team for the crucial match.
George Chigova appears to have cemented his place as the Warriors first choice goalkeeper ahead of Washington Arubi, the man he used to deputise at Dynamos just two seasons ago.
Jaure and Erick Chipeta played as twin centrebacks while Hardlife Zvirekwi and Milton Ncube were deployed on the right-back and left-back positions respectively.
Gorowa started the match with two anchormen Willard Katsande and Danny Phiri while Denver Mukamba and Ovidy Karuru completed the midfield quartet.
Ndoro and Cuthbert Malajila played upfront, but with Sadomba in town, changes are now expected to the forward players.
Gorowa has an extra option in Castle Lager Premier Soccer League top scorer, Kuda Musharu, who has scored eight goals in eight matches, taking his tally to 14 this year after scoring six times in the Caf Confederation Cup.
A convincing win against the Taifa Stars would see the Warriors proceeding to the next stage where they will likely meet neighbours Mozambique, who were carrying a healthy 5-0 lead as they head towards Juba for the second leg against South Sudan today.
If they progress past that stage, the Warriors will enter the group stage where the top two teams from each of the seven groups qualify for the finals to be held in Morocco next year. This group has 2012 champions Zambia, Cape Verde Islands and Niger.
Tanzania touched down in Harare at 1200hrs yesterday afternoon and wasted no time in their preparations with a training session at The Heritage Intrenational School later in the day.
Afcon 2015 Qualifying Fixtures
Today: Comoros v Kenya, South Sudan v Mozambique
Tomorrow: Rwanda v Libya, Uganda v Madagascar, Guinea Bissau v Central Africa Republic, Sierra Leone v Swaziland
Sunday: Lesotho v Liberia, Botswana v Burundi , Zimbabwe v Tanzania, Congo v Namibia, Benin v Sao Tome, Chad v Malawi, Equatorial Guinea v Mauritania