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Denmark based Songani joins Warriors as replacement for Mushekwi

11/06/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Ready for national duty ... Silas Songani
 
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DENMARK based forward Silas Songani joined the Warriors camp as replacement for injured Nyasha Mushekwi ahead of the showdown against the Flames of Malawi at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.

The arrival of Songani came as good news to coach Kalisto Pasuwa who lost in-form Sweden-based striker Mushekwi through injury. 

The Warriors gaffer had been trying to rope in Supersport United striker Kingston Nkatha but he eventually settled for Songani who arrived in the country on Tuesday following the conclusion of the league programme in Denmark.

Songani who plays his club football for topflight league side SonderjyskE, immediately declared they were looking for nothing short of victory in Malawi.

“I have been in Denmark and have been around since Tuesday,” he said.

“I was called yesterday (Wednesday) to come into camp and am 100 percent confident we will get all three points in Malawi. It will not be easy but we have a good team, all we need is to be focused on the job at hand.

“I have no problem with my fitness, our league ended last week and I think I am in great shape and am looking forward to the game.”

However, Pasuwa expressed concern over the fitness of some of the foreign-based players the majority of whom last played more than a month ago.


Concerned about the fitness of some of his foreign-based players ... Kalisto Pasuwa

He said given the low fitness level of some of his players it would be difficult to match their opponents blow-by-blow and they needed to press them and defend as a team.

“I am bit worried about the fitness level of some of the foreign based players who have not been playing for more than a month now.

“It means we cannot match our opponents blow-by-blow so we will go for pressing and defend as a team. We don’t have to open too many spaces,” said Pasuwa.

Even so, the shoddy preparations which saw the team missing their flight to Malawi could have a bearing on the outcome of the match as Malawi have always been tough opponents for the Warriors in their encounters.

Malawi have been in camp for over a month and, on Monday, played an international friendly match as a dress rehearsal for the game against Zimbabwe.



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Although the practice match ended in a 2-1 losing cause it gave the Flames the barometer to gauge their strength ahead of the clash against Zimbabwe.

Warriors Squad:  Bernard Donovan, Tatenda Mkuruva, Blessing Moyo, Patson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Teenage Hadebe, Justin Jangano, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Danny Phiri, Willard Katsande, Gerald Takwara, Wisdom Mtasa, Khama Billiat, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Marvelous Nakamba, Knowledge Musona, Cuthbert Malajila


 
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