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Arrived in the country on Sunday and took part in Monday's session ... Partson Jaure

21/03/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Joined Monday's training session ... Kuda Mahachi

THE Warriors got off to a slow start in their preparations for the back-to-back 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying showdown against Swaziland during the Easter holiday with only four foreign-based players training in the afternoon at Rufaro on Monday.

Those that arrived Sunday night and participated in the Monday afternoon training session included Mathew Rusike (Sweden), Partson Jaure (Pretoria University), Kuda Mahachi (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Eric Chipeta (Chippa United).

Warriors team manager, Shariff Mussa, said the rest of the foreign based players from Europe and others in South Africa would join camp on Monday night and train with the rest of the team on Tuesday.

"These are the only players that managed to make it and train in the afternoon and we expect the European contingent and others in South Africa in camp tonight (last night).

“They will train with the rest of the team on Tuesday," said Mussa.

Among those still expected in camp include Czech Republic based defender Costa Nhamoinesu, Netherlands based Marvellous Nakamba, China based Nyasha Mushekwi and Knowledge Musona who plays his club football in Belgium turning out for KV Oostende and the South African based trio of captain Willard Katsande, Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila.

The Warriors who are tied on four points with their opponents in Group L after two games in the campaign travel to Swaziland first for the showdown on Good Friday before hosting their SADC neighbours in Harare three days later on Easter Monday.

Zimbabwe defeated the Flames of Malawi 2-1 in the first game before drawing 1-1 at home against Guinea. Swaziland shocked Guinea 2-1 away from home before drawing 2-2 against Malawi.

Guinea and Malawi are third and fourth in the group with a point each.

Zimbabwe now needs to win both matches to enhance their chances of qualifying for the biennial soccer show case to be staged in Gabon.


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