Time ticking away for Warriors

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WITH days ticking away before the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, Zimbabwe’s opponents in the opening match next Saturday Malawi will play an international friendly match against Egypt on Monday.

BY WELLINGTON TONI

Malawi are in Group L together with Zimbabwe and Guinea. The Warriors squad has not been named yet and have not organised a friendly despite the presence of many international players for the off-season break.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa returned from Swaziland on Monday, but still the Afcon and African Nations Championships (Chan) squads for the match against Comoros on June 20 has still not been named, although it’s expected this weekend.

The two Warriors matches mean the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League will take a two-week break as the other squad, for Chan, is for locally-based players only. The Warriors are now expected to start training on Monday and will leave for Blantyre on Friday.

“We admit that we are running out of time, but the squad will be out in due course,” said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday.

He added: “We are failing to have enough preparations because of lack of financial resources, but it is our wish to see the team begin preparations on Monday.”

The Flames of Malawi, under Young Chimodzi, regrouped on Tuesday and will leave for Cairo today with the entire team that won the Plate Championship in South Africa in the just-ended Cosafa Cup after beating Botswana 1-0 in the final.

The only additions to the squad are Esau Kanyenda who plies his trade at Polokwane City and Atusaye Nyondo of University of Pretoria, both in South Africa.

Kanyenda told the Malawi News Agency (MNA) that the match against the Warriors would not be easy.

“Zimbabwe is a big country and we know playing them won’t be easy. We need to keep the discipline, like we did against South Africa and Zambia during the Cosafa games,” Kanyenda told MNA.

“Obviously as a veteran player you need to lead so before the game I must tell my friends something. It will not be an easy game.”

Harry Nyirenda, Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Robert N’gambi have been ruled out of the trip due to various reasons. Mhango and N’gambi are down with injuries while Nyirenda has passport issues, but hopes to be back for next week’s match against the Warriors.

Meanwhile, despite their inactivity, the Warriors rose four places up in the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola rankings published yesterday.

The Warriors are now placed 119th in the world and 36th in Africa while Malawi are 95th in the world and 26th on the continent.

Algeria remained the top team on the continent while Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal, Cape Verde Islands, Nigeria, Guinea, Congo and Cameroon complete the top 10.

In the world, champions Germany rule the roost at the top followed by Belgium, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, France and Spain to make the top 10.

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    Let’s rally behind ZIFA nemawarriors. Vakaropafadzwa nemari batsiraiwo chero nekubhadhara Salary yemaCoach. Dube anozvipira, tarisai akazvipire kupinyoresa midziyo yake nekuda kwemawarriors iwe Sharuko ungazviita here? Hongu ane nyaya dzake dzekuPSMAS asika idzo ndedzimwewo, paagona ngaarumbidzwe.

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