FC PLATINUM’S preparations for the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final against Black Rhinos this weekend have been hindered by the absence of Wisdom Mutasa and Kelvin Moyo who are on national football duty, coach Norman Mapeza has claimed.
The FC Platinum duo was included in Saul Chaminuka’s squad that played Swaziland in an international friendly last night.
The army’s Black Rhinos also started their preparations without Brian Muzondiwa who was on the same assignment as well.
Zimbabwe were booted out of the preliminary qualifiers of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and Zifa is now vesting its energies on the development of the Under-23s.
However, benefits of such assignments to the development of football in the country have been questioned as Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa also did not travel for the friendly match.
Mapeza, the former Warriors coach, questioned the inclusion of his stars in the squad at a time he is preparing for a crucial match.
“They are our regular players and their absence automatically affects our preparations. We would have loved to have them present for such a crucial match.
“There are 14 teams that will be out of action this weekend and maybe they should have tried those players,” Mapeza said.
It normally benefits clubs to have their players in the national set up, but when their coach despises their inclusion, it shows how insignificant that international fixture is.
Troubled Highlanders play Harare City in the other semi-finals fixture of the coveted beer breweries cup.