I’m happy to be back: Ma­hachi

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Mud­erere

WAR­RIORS mid­field dy­namo Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi says he is happy to re­turn to the se­nior na­tional team set up fol­low­ing his re­cent re­cov­ery from an arm in­jury.

The Mzi­likazi-bred star, who now en­dures play­ing with a metal pin in his right arm af­ter suf­fer­ing a frac­ture in Au­gust dur­ing a War­riors’ train­ing ses­sion in prepa­ra­tion for the away match against Guinea, is among the for­eign-based play­ers called up for the friendly against Tan­za­nia on Sun­day in Harare.

Ma­hachi came worse off an aerial tus­sle with Mar­itzburg United de­fender Bless­ing Moyo, the for­mer Chicken Inn, ace land­ing awk­wardly on his wrist dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion at Gate­way High School.

“I’m happy the na­tional team coaches have shown con­fi­dence in me. The in­jury was a tem­po­rary set­back. I have been fight­ing for my start­ing place at my club (Golden Ar­rows) and I will also fight for it in the na­tional team,” said Ma­hachi soon af­ter join­ing the War­riors’ camp.

“I will have to take it easy and work hard at train­ing. Scor­ing goals is not my top pri­or­ity now. I’m fo­cus­ing on re­gain­ing my form and to do well for my club and coun­try in the next as­sign­ments.”

War­riors’ head coach Cal­isto Pa­suwa called up 23 play­ers, in­clud­ing Khama Bil­liat and IF Djur­gadens’ Phi­lana Kadewere for the in­ter­na­tional friendly.

Pa­suwa and the War­riors will use the game as part of prepa­ra­tions for Zim­babwe’s third ap­pear­ance at the To­tal Africa Cup of Na­tions in Gabon in Jan­uary 2017.

The coach called up three goal­keep­ers, eight de­fend­ers, seven mid­field­ers and five for­wards for the match.

Bil­liat, who has not fea­tured for Zim­babwe since miss­ing the fi­nal Afcon qual­i­fy­ing match against Guinea, is joined in mid­field by Golden Ar­rows’ Danny Phiri.

Nel­son Chadya joins Dono­van Bernard and Ta­tenda Muku­ruva in the fight for the gloves, while Tan­za­nia-based Bruce Kangwa also found a place to­gether with Os­car Machapa and Tendai Ndoro.

AC Sparta Praha de­fender Costa Nhamoinesu, Evans Rusike and Bless­ing Moyo all miss out due to in­juries, while the Eng­land-based pair of Ma­cauley Bonne and Ten­dayi Darikwa will not fea­ture due to re­ported doc­u­men­ta­tion is­sues they still have to sort out be­fore they can be al­lowed to play for Zim­babwe.

The War­riors beat Zam­bia 1-0 in a friendly played last Satur­day courtesy of a Teenage Hadebe goal.

Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi

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