Di­vine Lunga out of DRC ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo

SOUTH Africa-based War­riors’ left-back Di­vine Lunga has been ruled out of Zim­babwe’s back-to-back 2019 African Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing matches against the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo af­ter pick­ing an in­jury on Sun­day.

Zim­babwe play the first-leg of the crunch back-to-back meet­ings against DRC in Kinshasa on Satur­day, with the re­verse fix­ture set for Harare three days later.

The War­riors leave the coun­try this evening with­out Lunga, whose star has been ris­ing with every game.

Lunga has been in ter­rific form since join­ing Dur­ban Absa Pre­mier­ship side La­montville Golden Arrows in Au­gust. The for­mer Chicken Inn player was stretchered off in the 60th minute dur­ing his team’s 1-0 win over Black Leop­ards.

Lunga’s War­riors team­mate Knox Mu­tizwa scored the soli­tary goal of the match.

Welling­ton Mpan­dare, the War­riors team man­ager, said they will not re­place Lunga, adding they have ad­e­quate cover for the injured 23-year-old left-back.

Bloem­fontein Celtics left-back Ron­ald Pfumbidzai, who sat out when the War­riors drew 1-1 against Congo in Braz­zav­ille, and FC Plat­inum’s Kevin Moyo, are ca­pa­ble of play­ing on the left side of the de­fence, eas­ing na­tional team coaches’ wor­ries.

Pfumbidzai will start ahead of Moyo at left­back, with Not­ting­ham For­est wing­back Tendai Darikwa mark­ing his de­but for the War­riors pos­si­bly on the right side of de­fence ahead of Caps United’s Eric Chipeta. Kaizer Chiefs cen­tral de­fender Teenage Hadebe will part­ner Wales-based Alec Mudimu.

Mean­while, North African ref­er­ees will handle the War­riors and DRC games in Kinshasa and Harare.

Moroc­can ref­eree Re­douane Jiyed will be in charge of the first-leg to be played at the Com­plexe Om­nis­ports Stade des Mar­tyrs in Kinshasa.

He will be as­sisted by com­pa­tri­ots Yahya Nouali and Es­sam Ben­bapa, with Samir Guez­zaz as the fourth of­fi­cial.

Cameroo­nian Alim Konate Abubakar will be the match com­mis­sioner.

Egyp­tian ref­er­ees will be in charge of the re­verse fix­ture sched­uled for the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 16.

Gehad Ger­isha, who of­fi­ci­ated at the Fifa World Cup in Rus­sia, will be at the cen­tre, as­sisted by Ahmed Hos­sam Eldin and Tahssen Abo El Sa­dat.

Ibrahim Nour Eldin will be the fourth of­fi­cial, while Namib­ian Shilunga Erat­sus is the match com­mis­sioner.

Di­vine Lunga

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