Warriors’ stars, who ply their trade abroad, have hit top form for their respective clubs, a few weeks before the crucial Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers.
BY HENRY MHARA
The Warriors have back-to-back Group L matches against Swaziland, travelling to Mbabane on March 25 before the reverse fixture at the National Sports Stadium in Harare three days later.
Six days later, the Kalisto Pasuwa coached side host Malawi.
Zimbabwe, currently tied top of Group L with Swaziland with four points after two rounds of matches, will conclude their qualifiers with a tough trip away to Guinea on September 2.
Pasuwa will be pleased to see some of the players performing consistently well for their teams.
The former Dynamos coach is expected to name his squad for the matches early next month, with a number of players making their cases to be included in the squad.
Striker Knowledge Musona is in irresistible form in the Belgian Pro League and scored his 11th goal of the season for his side KV Oostende in a 5-2 home win over champions Gent on Saturday.
The 25-year-old scored the third goal for his team in the 36th minute after Gent had taken a seventh minute lead before the home side’s fight back in the seven-goal thriller.
Musona, who has been the Warriors’ main man in recent years, was substituted in the 86th minute.
His strike saw him moving to one goal behind four front runners for the league’s Golden Boot Award, who are on 12 goals.
Another Warriors man in impressive form is Czech Republic-based defender Costa Nhamoinesu.
After being named the man of the match in his side, Sparta Praha’s 1-0 win over Krasnodar in the Uefa Europa league on Thursday, he was back again in the headlines three days later when he scored the cushion goal in the 2-0 league win over third-placed Mladá Boleslav.
It was the 30-year-old’s second goal of the campaign for Praha, who are second on the log standings, three points behind champions Viktoria Plzeň.
In the Netherlands’ Eredivisie league, Marvellous Nakamba scored his first league goal in 30 appearances for his club Vitesse as they played out a 2-2 draw away to De Graafschap.
The 22-year-old former Bantu Rovers player’s stock is rising in Netherlands, and after just eight league appearances last season, he has started in 22 of his team’s 24 matches this season.
In South Africa, where the bulk of Warriors players are based, it was forgotten Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro, who stole the limelight when his brace sunk his former club Mpumalanga Black Aces, as the Soweto giants romped to a 1-3 victory.
Interestingly, Ndoro’s last PSL goal was against Pirates last season when he was still at Aces.
Ndoro has just featured in seven games for Pirates this season, starting in three.
There was more good news for Pasuwa, with Khama Billiat returning to full fitness, playing the entire 90 minutes of Sundown’s goalless draw against Golden Arrows.
The winger missed his team’s Caf Champions League match against Chicken Inn last weekend with a hamstring problem, but was back on the starting 11 for the Brazilians and is expected to lead his side in the reverse fixture against the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Meanwhile, this year’s edition of the Cosafa Castle Cup, which had been set for May in Namibia, has been moved to June.
The tournament will run between June 11 and 25 in the same country.
Cosafa yesterday announced that the change had been made to give participating countries an opportunity to select their best players.