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25/07/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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NEW Warriors coach Ian Gorowa is confident he will get off to a good start when his charges face Mauritius in the first leg of the African Nations Championships (Chan) this weekend.

Gorowa took over from Klaus Dieter Pagels on Tuesday after the German national opted to return home after a short eight month stay.

He conducted two training sessions on Wednesday with his new assistants, Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa, FC Platinum development boss Jairos Tapera and returning goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa.

The squad then left for Mauritius on Thursday morning via Johannesburg, South Africa and were expected in the island nation at 7pm on the same day.

“I saw Mauritius during the Cosafa tournament and I don’t believe they are a team that should give us problems. We don’t want to put ourselves under pressure because we are playing away,” Gorowa said.

“Every coach has his own way of doing things. The tiki taka football is good but should be complemented by good results. As a national team coach you are judged by results. We have to look at the whole rebuilding exercise. Zambia are the Cosafa champions but I don’t think they played better than Zimbabwe.

“We are on a rebuilding exercise and I don’t think there is any pressure. Football is a game of opinion. If you look the majority of the players they played at Cosafa. I have my own opinion and reservations and will always try and improve. The tiki taka type of football is good.”

The former Black Rhinos and Dynamos striker has called up Tawanda Muparati, Augustine Mbara and Partson Jaure while also adding FC Platinum striker Nelson Maziwisa. These are replacements for the injured Ocean Mushure, Ronald Chitiyo, Nicholas Alifandika and Lot Chiunga.

Chicken Inn striker Tendai Ndoro who has left for trials with South African Premiership side Wits University has also been replaced by Highlanders striker Milton Ncube while Harare City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and Monomotapa’s Nicholas Guyo were dropped.

Meanwhile, Gorowa has revealed that he was not involved in the appointment of his assistant coaches.

“I didn’t select the assistant coaches, Zifa has their own structure where the Under-23 and Under-20 coaches are assistants to the national team coach,” he said.

“What has just made the transition easy is I played with Pasuwa at Dynamos so we have a relationship. He has also earned his stripes after winning back-to-back championships with Dynamos.”


Squad: Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Augustine Mbara, Eric Chipeta, Partson Jaure, Prosper Matizanadzo, Masimba Mambare, Devon Chafa, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Nelson Maziwisa, Dominic Chungwa, Milton Ncube, Felix Chindungwe, Ali Sadiki, Tawanda Muparati, Simba Sithole.

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