Mighty War­riors drop two se­nior play­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

TWO se­nior Mighty War­riors play­ers have been dropped from the squad that be­gins its prepa­ra­tions for the 12th edi­tion of the African Na­tions Cup fi­nals with a friendly match against Egypt on Tues­day.

The fi­nals will be held in Cameroon from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 3. Cap­tain Felis­tas Mu­zon­gondi and goal poacher Rudo Ne­shamba are not part of the squad called up by coach Shadreck Mlauzi which is set to troop into camp on Sun­day.

The duo have been dropped due to chronic in­juries, ac­cord­ing to Mlauzi. He has re­placed the duo with lit­tle known mid­field­ers, Eng­land-based Moddy Mu­woni and Palesa Chipendo who is in the United States.

“For the first time, we have in­cluded for­eign based play­ers to broaden our player base and we hope th­ese play­ers will bring a new di­men­sion to our game since they have been ex­posed to bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties,” Mlauzi told zifa.org. zw.

e tech­ni­cal team re­tained the core of the play­ers who were part of the his­toric Olympic Games line-up. Mean­while, the Mighty War­riors will know their fi­nals group op­po­nents on Sun­day when the draw is con­ducted in Yaounde.

The teams will be grouped into two groups of four each with the top two sides ad­vanc­ing to the semi-fi­nals. At the fi­nals, the teams will be ranked ac­cord­ing to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss).

If tied on points, tiebreak­ers are ap­plied in the fol­low­ing or­der:

1. Num­ber of points ob­tained in games be­tween the teams con­cerned;

2. Goal dif­fer­ence in games be­tween the teams con­cerned;

3. Goals scored in games be­tween the teams con­cerned;

4. If, af­ter ap­ply­ing cri­te­ria 1 to 3 to sev­eral teams, two teams still have an equal rank­ing, cri­te­ria 1 to 3 are reap­plied ex­clu­sively to the matches be­tween the two teams in ques­tion to de­ter­mine their fi­nal rank­ings. If this pro­ce­dure does not lead to a de­ci­sion, cri­te­ria 5 to 7 ap­ply; 5. Goal dif­fer­ence in all games; 6. Goals scored in all games; 7. Draw­ing of lots. skhu­moyo2000.

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