WITHOUT air-tickets for the return leg and a day of training lost due to a strike over unpaid allowances, the Warriors agreed to resume training on Wednesday after persuasion from head coach Kalisto Pasuwa ahead of the final Chan qualifier, second leg against Lesotho set for Saturday in Maseru.
The local group of Warriors are owed $10,000 for Sunday’s match, in addition to the allowances and bonuses owed from the first round against Comoros.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said they were running around trying to raise funds for the trip and the players’ outstanding allowances.
“Yes, we owe them and we have made representations to the relevant authorities and we remain hopeful that something positive will come up.
“We will issue an update in due course,” he said.
The Warriors are leading 3-1 from the first leg played at Barbourfields on Sunday and need to avoid a 2-0 loss to go through to their fourth consecutive Chan finals, having made appearances in 2009 (Ivory Coast), 2011 (Sudan) and 2014 (South Africa).
On the field of play, Hardlife Zvirekwi, the Caps United defender replaces Tafadzwa Kutinyu, who has been ruled out of the match due to a knee injury suffered in the first leg.
Zvirekwi had been fired from camp with Ronald Chitiyo and Justice Jangano after failing to report to camp on time. Chitiyo and Jangano have however not been recalled.
Injuries continue to rock the camp with Mutuma and defender Blessing Moyo among seven players limping that forced Pasuwa to organise an ice-bath on Monday to speed up the recovery process for the team at their camp in Bulawayo.
Ocean Mushure, Bruce Kangwa and Teenage Hadebe are some of the players racing against time for the next encounter.
The Warriors trained at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium as they will play the second leg on artificial turf and Pasuwa wants them to adjust.
Only players from Dynamos and Harare City are used to the astro-turf as they play their Castle Lager Premiership matches at Rufaro Stadium.
Pasuwa has warned his players against complacency, believing that it’s not over until the second leg ends.
WARRIORS CHAN Squad:
Goalkeepers: Elvis Chipezeze (Chicken Inn), Takabva Mawaya (Hwange), Donovan Bernard (How Mine)Advertisement
Defenders: Blessing Moyo (Dynamos), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United), Bruce Kangwa (Highlanders), Ocean Mushure, (Dynamos) Teenage Hadebe (Highlanders), Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn)
Midfielders: Tichaona Chipunza (Harare City), Danny Phiri (Chicken Inn), Raphael Manuvire (ZPC Kariba), Malvern Gaki (Triangle) , Marshal Mudehwe (FC Platinum), Talent Chawapihwa (Harare City) Nqobizitha Masuku (Highlanders)
Strikers: Knox Mutizwa (Highlanders), Pritchard Mpelele (Hwange), Brian Muzondiwa (FC Platinum), Edmore Chirambadare (Chicken Inn), Roderick Mutuma (Dynamos)