WARRIORS striker Knowledge Musona has recovered from an injury scare and is available for Sunday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations second leg against Burundi on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.
The Germany-based forward, who was fingered in match fixing allegations with teammate Ovidy Karuru, was an injury doubt until Tuesday evening when he returned to training.
Karuru was forced to pull out due to crack ribs sustained in Mozambique last Sunday.
The final 18-men squad will be confirmed on Saturday after the final training session, according to team manager Nyika Chifamba.
Attention Sunday is likely to be focused on Musona, Karuru and Takesure Chinyama after they all took turns to miss several good chances in the last two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique.
Coach Rahman Gumbo has already been forced to draft-in the PSL’s leadings scorer with nine goals in 10 matches Nelson Mazivisa as well as Clive Kawinga and Rodreck Mutuma to provide some competition for his main strikers.
Captain Tapuwa Kapini will keep his place in goal with Oscar Machapa and Onisimor Bhasera on the wings backs. Esrom Nyandoro and Carlington Nyadombo will likely form the central defence with veteran Tinashe Nengomasha playing just in front of them.
Willard Katsande will probably be used in a more advanced role in midfield while Vusa Nyoni is pushed to the left wing attack to fill Karuru’s place. Khama Billiat, who has not been at his best in the last two matches, will take the right wing attack with Mazivisa expected to get his first cap alongside Musona in attack.
Meanwhile, Harare provincial police spokesperson, Inspector James Sabau says the Zimbabwe Republic Police is fully prepared and will not tolerate supporters who may want to cause mayhem at the National Sports Stadium.
Sabau’s remarks follow fears that rowdy supporters may want to cause mayhem in the event the Warriors fail to win and bow out of the 2013 AFCON qualifiers.
Zimbabwe’s last encounter with Guinea was marked by crowd trouble after Rahman Gumbo’s charges were beaten 1-nil.