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AS Zimbabwean fans wait anxiously to know whether the England based duo of Everton defender Brendon Galloway and Burnley defender Tendayi Darikwa will avail themselves for national duty, the Warriors management has expressed optimism they will turn up.

Team manager Shariff Mussa says he has spoken to the players and remains confident they will heed calls to come and play for the Warriors in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland on Good Friday.

The Warriors and Sihlangu square off in back to back clashes with Zimbabwe travelling first to Swaziland before hosting their opponents in Harare three days later in what is set to be explosive clashes.

But doubts had been raised over the availability of Galloway and Darikwa who have not yet played for Zimbabwe.

In contact with Warriors management ... Burnley defender Tendayi Darikwa

However, Mussa maintained on Wednesday he was speaking with the England players and said signs were encouraging that they could avail themselves for the match.

"I have read reports in newspapers saying the players based in England have said they will not be coming, this and that,” said Mussa.

“I think you guys are ahead of me, can I hear from you on the update? I am the one who is speaking to the players.

I spoke to them and they told me they are sorting out a few issues before they could confirm.”

“They said if they fail to sort out those issues in time they would ask to be excused for this match," said Mussa adding that he was expecting a response by Friday.

Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa has named a strong squad including some Europe-based stars such as Czech Republic-based Costa Nhamoinesu.

Everton defender Galloway and Darikwa, who turns out for championship side Burnley, had also been named in the squad alongside Colchester United midfielder Macaulley Bonne.

The Warriors are expected into camp on 20 March to start preparations for the clash against Swaziland.

Zimbabwe are in second position in Group L although they have the same number of points (four) as Swaziland, have a better goal aggregate. Malawi and Guinea, also in the group, have one point each from their two games.


Zimbabwe need to win both their matches to enhance their chances of qualifying for the tournament in Gabon for the first time since 2006.

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