The Manica Post

He has plan B

Bonne, who has scored five goals in his last six matches for English Cham­pi­onship side, Charl­ton Ath­letic, has been wait­ing for a Zim­bab­wean pass­port since May when he an­nounced to the world he was on his way to join the War­riors at the 2019 fi­nals. AFCON

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WAR­RIORS care­taker coach Joey “Mafero” An­tipas is not pan­ick­ing over the pos­si­ble un­avail­abil­ity of a num­ber of for­eign based play­ers he had named in the en­larged 32-man squad to do na­tional duty in Zim­babwe’s cru­cial 2021 Afcon qual­i­fiers against Botswana and Zam­bia this month.

The War­riors host Botswana on Novem­ber 15 and then travel to Zam­bia four days later as they seek a third suc­ces­sive Na­tions Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Fears abound that some for­eign play­ers, es­pe­cially most of those that are yet to make their na­tional team débuts, might not even­tu­ally make it for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, more so af­ter Ham­burger SV Un­der-19 cap­tain, Jonah Fabisch, was ruled out on Wed­nes­day cit­ing club com­mit­ments.

“I think this will some­how de­rail our plans if we con­tinue to have play­ers pulling out for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. We an­nounced that squad be­cause we be­lieved we needed them to achieve our goals.

“Now that some of them are pulling out it will ob­vi­ously de­rail our plans. There is re­ally noth­ing much we can do if a player chooses to fo­cus on his club com­mit­ments.

“How­ever, we will al­ways have to find Plan B. In fact, we have Plan B. That is the rea­son we an­nounced a 32-man squad. We be­lieve we will still get the re­sults we want with the play­ers that will even­tu­ally make it into the fi­nal line up,” said the Chicken Inn trainer.

Even though he has a Zim­bab­wean pass­port, in a let­ter to ZIFA, his mother said although her son was keen to play for Zim­babwe, he has com­mit­ments with his club in the weeks the War­riors are sched­uled to take on Botswana and Zam­bia.

Fabisch is part of a gen­er­a­tion of play­ers raised in Europe, with Zim­bab­wean roots, who had been in­cluded in coach Joey An­tipas’ 32-mem­ber squad.

He is the son of the late for­mer War­riors coach, Rein­hard, and qual­i­fies to play for Zim­babwe through his mother, Chawada Kachidza-Fabisch.

In his pro­vi­sional squad, An­tipas named 10 play­ers from the South African Premier Soc­cer League in a 32-man pro­vi­sional squad for the Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers next month.

Among some of the for­eign based play­ers that have been called into camp for the first time by An­tipas are red-hot Charl­ton Ath­letic for­ward Ma­cauley Bonne, Bournemout­h de­fender Jor­dan Ze­mura, Bolton Wan­der­ers de­fender Adam Chick­sen, Kid­der­min­is­ter Har­ri­ers de­fender Cliff Moyo and Swansea de­fender Tivonge Rushe­sha.

Al­ready, Rushe­sha has pulled out of the qual­i­fiers af­ter sus­tain­ing an an­kle in­jury that will rule him out of ac­tion for, at least, four weeks.

Bonne, who has scored five goals in his last six matches for English Cham­pi­onship side, Charl­ton Ath­letic, has been wait­ing for a Zim­bab­wean pass­port since May when he an­nounced to the world he was on his way to join the War­riors at the 2019 AFCON fi­nals.

Star man Khama Bil­liat from Kaizer Chiefs head­lines the team, along with the Su­per Sport United duo of Kuda Ma­hachi and Evans Rusike.

La­montville Golden Ar­rows for­ward Knox Mu­tizwa also got the nod with his club-mate and full­back Di­vine Lunga in the mix too.

Chippa United de­fender Kelvin Moyo, Bloem­fontein Celtic full­back Ron­ald Pfumbidzai, and the AmaZulu pair of mid­field­ers Ovidy Karuru and But­holezwe Ncube were also named.

Baroka FC goal­keeper Elvis Chipezeze, who had a night­mare at the 2019 Na­tions Cup fi­nals in Egypt, was given an­other chance to im­press.

An­tipas also re­called Bel­gian-based striker Knowl­edge Mu­sona.

Zim­babwe pro­vi­sional squad:

Goal­keep­ers: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC, South Africa), Mar­tin Mapisa (Velez CF, Spain), Sim­barashe Chi­nani (Dy­namos)

De­fend­ers: Douglas Nyau­pembe (Stock­port County, Eng­land), Ian Nekati (ZPC Kariba), Tivonge Rushe­sha (Swansea City, Eng­land), Cliff Moyo (Kid­der­min­is­ter Har­ri­ers, Eng­land), Di­vine Lunga (La­montville Golden Ar­rows, South Africa), Adam Chick­sen (Bolton Wan­der­ers, Eng­land), Jor­dan Ze­mura (Bournemout­h, Eng­land), Ron­ald Pfumbidzai (Bloem­fontein Celtic, South Africa), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyas­por, Turkey), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids, Wales), Part­son Jaure (Man­ica Di­a­monds), Kelvin Moyo (Chippa United, South Africa)

Mid­field­ers: Mar­shall Munetsi (Stade de Reims, France), Tha­bani Ka­mu­soko (Zesco United, Zam­bia), But­holezwe Ncube (AmaZulu, South Africa), Mar­velous Nakamba (As­ton Villa, Eng­land), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu, South Africa), Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi (Su­perS­port United, South Africa), Khama Bil­liat (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Phe­nias Ba­musi (Caps), Jonah Fabisch (Ham­burger SV, Ger­many)

Strik­ers: Ad­mi­ral Muskwe (Le­ices­ter City, Eng­land), Ter­rence Dzvuka­manja (Bid­vest Wits, South Africa), Prince Dube (High­landers), Knowl­edge Mu­sona (RSC An­der­lecht), Tino­tenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC, France), Knox Mu­tizwa (La­montville Golden Ar­rows, South Africa), Ma­cauley Bonne (Charl­ton Ath­letic, Eng­land), Evans Rusike (Su­perS­port United, South Africa)

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