Lo­cal play­ers for Zam­bia friendly

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

WAR­RIORS coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa has ruled out all for­eign-based play­ers, in­clud­ing those based in South Africa, for the high-pro­file friendly in­ter­na­tional against Zam­bia at the Na­tional Sport Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The match will start at 6PM and will be played un­der flood­lights.

Pa­suwa was last night still putting the fi­nal touches to his squad for the Zam­bian en­counter and is now ex­pected to an­nounce his team to­day.

He will then come up with an­other squad, in­clud­ing for­eign-based play­ers, for an­other in­ter­na­tional friendly match against Tan­za­nia at the gi­ant sta­dium on Novem­ber 13.

With the Fifa week only start­ing on Mon­day, Pa­suwa’s team against Chipolopolo has been re­stricted to the home-based play­ers.

Even those South Africa-based play­ers, whose clubs are not in­volved in the Telkom Knock­out Cup quar­ter-fi­nal matches set for the week­end, ap­pear to have been ruled out of the match against Zam­bia.

The Telkom Knock­out Cup matches will fea­ture the bat­tle be­tween Baroka and Cape Town City, Mamelodi Sun­downs faces Su­perS­port United and Or­lando Pirates play High­lands Park on Satur­day while Kaizer Chiefs will host Free State Stars in Dur­ban on Sun­day.

Ear­lier re­ports had in­di­cated that the in­ac­tive ABSA Premier­ship play­ers were set to make it for the match against Zam­bia.

Other re­ports had in­di­cated that cap­tain Wil­lard Kat­sande had been given leave by his club Kaizer Chiefs to play in that match and was set to ar­rive in the cap­i­tal on Satur­day.

Pa­suwa will also have to over­look play­ers from FC Plat­inum and Ngezi Plat­inum who are in­volved in the Chibuku Super Cup fi­nal this Satur­day which starts at 2PM at Baobab Sta­dium in Mhon­doro.

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa said they had de­cided to move the in­ter­na­tional match against Zam­bia to 6PM so they don’t pro­vide a counter at­trac­tion to the Chibuku Super Cup fi­nal.

“There are some peo­ple who might be in­ter­ested in watch­ing both matches and we felt it was un­fair not to give them a chance and that is why the friendly in­ter­na­tional match against Zam­bia has now been moved to start at 6PM,” said Chiyangwa.

“We also had to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the spon­sors who have stuck with our foot­ball and the fact that they need, in this big match in our cal­en­dar, to be given sup­port rather than a counter at­trac­tion.

“The change in kick-off time is ac­tu­ally a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause it’s very hot in the af­ter­noon right now and in cooler con­di­tions we be­lieve the play­ers will give a good ac­count of them­selves to try and im­press the coach.

“We have a lot of tal­ent in this coun­try, among the play­ers who play in the lo­cal league, and our op­po­nents Zam­bia demon­strated in 1994 that, when it comes to the na­tional team, you can as­sem­ble a very com­pet­i­tive side out­side the reg­u­lar play­ers after they went all the way to the fi­nal of the Af­con de­spite los­ing most of their first-team play­ers in that plane crash.”

Pa­suwa is now ex­pected to re­ward some of the play­ers from the lead­ing teams in the league like the ti­tle-chas­ing duo of High­landers and Caps United.

Caps United de­fender Hardlife Zvirekwi is a reg­u­lar in the War­riors’ side, Ron­ald Pfumbidzai, Dennis Dauda and mid­fielder Devon Chafa may get places in the team that will face Chipolopolo.

The coach might also give a chance to youth­ful play­ers such as High­landers and Young War­riors for­ward Prince Dube as well as King Nadolo.

Reg­u­lar faces in the home-based War­riors in­clude the Harare City trio Wil­liam Manondo, Raphael Manu­vire and Ron­ald Chi­tiyo.

Dy­namos Tatenda Muku­ruva and Bernard Dono­van have been reg­u­lars for Pa­suwa in his squads while Chicken Inn’s Elvis Chipezeze is an op­tion.

Cal­listo Pa­suwa

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