Zim footballers round-up for AFCON qualifier

By ZBC Reporter

The performance of Zimbabweans since the resumption of football around the globe has come at an opportune time as the Warriors are set to prepare for their crunch AFCON back-to-back qualifiers against Algeria in November.

While the domestic football league’s resumption remains in doubt, and with the AFCON qualifiers set for November, it was a headache for Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic on his selection of players.

However, the resumption of other leagues around the globe has come as a reprieve for the Croatian gaffer giving him a wider range to choose those who would represent Zimbabwe when the Warriors face the African champions in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers between the 9th and 17th of November this year.

Zimbabwe will travel to Algiers first before hosting the Desert Warriors a few days later. With the South African league reaching its climax and with a pool of Zimbabweans plying their trade in the neighbouring country, Logarusic will be spoilt for choice given the star performances of the players at his disposal.

Former Warriors captain and Kaizer Chiefs skipper Willard Katsande has been in top form for his squad and could find his way back into the starting XI of the Warriors should he be selected by the coach.

Even though it’s not the same for his teammate Khama Billiat, the Warriors lanky forward is still up for selection while Knox Mtizwa who has been in top form for his Golden Arrows is another player at Logarusic’s disposal.

Edmore Sibanda, Danny Phiri and Divine Lunga, all with Golden Arrows are some of the players who have been exhibiting some form of brilliance while Bidvest Wits’ Terrence Dzvukamanja is also another force to reckon with.

Speedy winger Talent Chawapiwa who is with AmaZulu is also another player to look out for while Stellenbosch midfielder and Warriors vice-captain Ovidy Karuru and Kuda Mahachi of SuperSport are also available options.

Further afield is Warriors captain Knowledge Musona who has since established himself at his new Belgian side KAS Eupen continues to make waves. Marshal Munetsi and Tino Kadewere who play in the French league are some of the players who might be in Logarusic’s plans given their superb performances of late.

Although locally based players might be shut out for the AFCON qualifiers in November, the return of football in the major league across Europe has made the players’ selection job a bit easier for Warriors coach as Zimbabwe gears up for the Algeria ties.