De­pleted War­riors face Guinea

Tawachera joins Tsholot­sho

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TSHOLOT­SHO FC have roped in ex-Que­la­ton and Zim Leop­ards coach Farai Tawachera to as­sist gaffer Lizwe Sweswe in their quest to fight rel­e­ga­tion.

Tawachera fills the void left by for­mer as­sis­tant coach Bon­gani Mafu, who found a new job at Botswana’s Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs.

Sweswe be­lieves Tawachera will add a new di­men­sion to his tech­ni­cal team.

“Foot­ball is about team work and I be­lieve Tawachera will add value to the team, es­pe­cially now that we’re fighting for our sur­vival. He is one guy that used to as­sist me in the past when we were in Di­vi­sion One. Some­times as a coach, you miss some­thing and can’t know it all and that is why it is im­por­tant to have some­one com­ing to help,” said Sweswe.

Tawachera joins Tsholot­sho from Zifa Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Province Di­vi­sion Two League side Chi­wororo, who are at the top of ta­ble and gun­ning for pro­mo­tion into the First Di­vi­sion.

The much trav­elled gaffer, who has also had stints with the now de­funct CMED Gwanda, Talen Vi­sion and Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, among other teams, finds Tsholot­sho swim­ming in the murky waters of rel­e­ga­tion.

The Zh­wane out­fit is sec­ond from the bot­tom, tied on 13 points with an­chors Bor­der Strik­ers and have gone for seven games with­out a win. They need to start win­ning if they are to survive rel­e­ga­tion.

Tsholot­sho lost 1-2 to ZPC Kariba on Satur­day, but Sweswe is con­fi­dent of es­cap­ing the chop. They are four points be­hind Mutare City Rovers, who are third from the bot­tom.

“What we need is just one win and ev­ery­thing will be good. The prob­lem we’re hav­ing is that week in, week out we play well but fail­ing to score. We seem to strug­gle in the third at­tack­ing zone. The play­ers re­ally need to come to the party and show their tech­ni­cal abil­ity in front of goal,” said Sweswe.

Tsholot­sho’s next match is a tricky derby against How Mine, who were beaten 0-2 by High­landers on Sun­day. — @ZililoR AS the War­riors re­grouped yes­ter­day for their fi­nal African Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Guinea in Con­akry on Sun­day, coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa and team man­ager Sharif Mussa in­sisted the Group L lead­ers re­mained strong de­spite miss­ing four key play­ers for var­i­ous rea­sons. The War­riors have not played to­gether since June 6 when they thrashed Malawi 3-0 at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium in their penul­ti­mate qual­i­fier to seal their place at the 2017 African Cup of Na­tions fi­nals in Gabon. De­spite hav­ing qual­i­fied al­ready, Pa­suwa wants his men to com­plete an un­prece­dented un­beaten run in a Na­tions Cup qual­i­fy­ing marathon. But the coach will have to make do with­out four play­ers who have fea­tured promi­nently in the pre­vi­ous Group L games – for­wards Khama Bil­liat and Nyasha Mushekwi, mid­fielder Danny Phiri and de­fender Hardlife Zvirekwi. Rookie for­ward Mar­shal Mude­hwe, who has been mak­ing cameo ap­pear­ances in the qual­i­fiers, has also been ruled out be­cause of in­juries he sus­tained in a car ac­ci­dent on Sun­day night. How­ever, both Pa­suwa and team man­ager Mussa are con­fi­dent the play­ers at their dis­posal could still get the job done at the Stade du 28 Septem­bre in Con­akry. Mussa said they had tried with­out much suc­cess to se­cure the re­lease of bustling striker Mushekwi from his Chi­nese side with the club hold­ing onto their lead­ing scorer as they bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Khamah hd had al­readyl db been omit­tedd as b both hh the coach and the player agreed on the need to rest him.

“We have also got news from Golden Ar­rows that Danny Phiri re­ceived a knock dur­ing their sea­son-open­ing game against Or­lando Pirates and he has not fully re­cov­ered from that.

“Hardlife, as you may al­ready know, is sus­pended for pick­ing up two yel­low cards. So we have only called up Ron­ald Chi­tiyo in place of Mude­hwe but we are not call­ing up more re­place­ments for Mushekwi and Danny Phiri as we have the cover al­ready,’’ Mussa said.

The War­riors team man­ager and his coach were, how­ever, happy that the South Africabased con­tin­gent of Onis­mor Bhasera, skip­per Wil­lard Kat­sande, Kuda Ma­hachi, Bless­ing Moyo, Evans Rusike, Cuthbert Mala­jila and Tendai Ndoro had all flown into the coun­try and joined eight of their lo­cal team­mates at their first ses­sion at Gate­way High School yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Tal­is­manic for­ward Knowl­edge Mu­sona, steady cen­tre­back Costa Nhamoinesu, Dutch­based Mar­velous Nakamba and striker Matthew Rusike, who plies his trade in Swe­den, are now set to link up with the rest of the Zim­babwe del­e­ga­tion in Con­akry ahead of the game.

Mussa said they were now work­ing on finalising the travel itin­er­ary for the rest of the del­e­ga­tion which is ten­ta­tively set to leave Harare on Thurs­day and ar­rive in Con­akry early on Fri­day.

“The plan that we are finalising is one which will en­able us time to train on Fri­day and Satur­day in Con­akry and then play the game on Sun­day with the Europe-based play­ers all trav­el­ling from Brussels,’’ Mussa said.

While some peo­ple may view the game as a dead rub­ber, Pa­suwa re­it­er­ated the need for con­ti­nu­ity in the build-up to the Na­tions Cup tour­na­ment in Gabonb ar­gu­ing heh could ld not af­ford to tin­ker much with the squad “in the name of team build­ing’’.

The War­riors coach took cog­ni­sance of the fact that Zifa’s lim­ited re­sources have meant that in­ter­na­tional friendly matches are hard to come by for his team and would want to use the few such games he can get to en­sure they per­fect on the squad that has so far done a good job for Zim­babwe.

“We have some of the play­ers who are not play­ing and the other guys who joined new clubs and haven’t played games, so we will have to assess them and see how fit they are and how best we can go and train in Guinea.

“It is a game which is very im­por­tant to us re­mem­ber we have been hav­ing prob­lems in terms of fi­nances. I thought it is one game we need to use to be pre­par­ing for Af­con and if we can have these boys to­gether maybe com­bi­na­tions will come out as we play these games,” said Pa­suwa.

The coach said he would con­tinue to try the best com­bi­na­tions for the War­riors in the run up to the Gabon tour­na­ment.

“We, in Zim­babwe, are dif­fer­ent to a team like South Africa, they have many friendlies they can play and we have prob­lems in terms of hav­ing friendly matches so I need con­ti­nu­ity so for me to be chang­ing a team nearly every day would be a prob­lem.

“Re­mem­ber, when we started this tour­na­ment, we had most of the play­ers from the Un­der-23 and we were com­bin­ing with some of the se­niors who were com­ing in so we are still look­ing at some of those play­ers again, we are ro­tat­ing them and as for the com­bi­na­tions we need time to have com­bi­na­tions click­ing.

“If I see two or three play­ers in the lo­cal league play­ing well, we can take them but not the bulk of the play­ers as peo­ple might want. We need con­ti­nu­ity,” said Pa­suwa.

Allen Ga­hadzikwa Ta­ble

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