War­riors call up mys­tery

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

EYE­BROWS have been raised fol­low­ing de­lays in nam­ing the na­tional team to take on Zam­bia in an in­ter­na­tional friendly at Ru­faro Sta­dium on Satur­day amid re­ports that only Harare-based play­ers will be called up. The squad is now due to be an­nounced this af­ter­noon. Sources told Chron­i­cle Sport last night that the whole scam will be cov­ered un­der the guise of cost is­sues “since the Zam­bians’ needs will be taken care of by Zifa”.

War­riors’ man­ager Shar­iff Mussa, how­ever, played down the ru­mours and claimed the na­tional team coaches will cast their nets across the length and breadth of the coun­try.

“Na­tional team is Zim­babwe, not Harare. We will use play­ers that are de­serv­ing from all over Zim­babwe,” said Mussa.

Our sources, how­ever, were adamant that cost is­sues will have a huge bear­ing on the iden­tity of play­ers that will be called up for the game set for 6PM on Satur­day.

“They might change in the last minute, but that seemed to be the idea. How else do you de­lay call­ing up play­ers all lo­cally-based?

“They will tell us that due to the time limit and cost is­sues, it makes sense to have play­ers that will not need much trav­el­ling if any at all,” said the source.

Mussa said they had ini­tially planned for a one-day train­ing camp tomorrow.

Asked how they ex­pect play­ers from out­side Harare to be in the cap­i­tal for the tomorrow morn­ing’s train­ing ses­sion since the squad will be an­nounced this af­ter­noon, Mussa said they will have to in­form the play­ers ear­lier.

“I think the play­ers will be told much ear­lier than that so that they ar­range their trav­el­ling itin­er­ary for them to be in time for the train­ing ses­sion on Fri­day,” said Mussa.

H e said they will call play­ers w i th po­ten­tial of mak­ing it into the fi­nal To­tal African Na­tions Cup trav­el­ling squad.

Shar­iff Mussa

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