THE Warriors have received a major boost ahead of their back-to-back 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ghana following the arrival of key defenders Teenage Hadebe and Brandon Galloway in the West African nation Thursday.
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Zimbabwe, who are winless in Group G of the qualifiers after the first two matches will be seeking a change of fortunes when they tackle Ghana at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday.
The two teams meet in the reverse fixture at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Tuesday.
Zimbabwe’s build-up to the two crucial matches has however been overshadowed by concerns over the availability of the pair for Saturday’s match.
The duo encountered some logistical challenges on their way to Ghana from their bases in England and the USA.
US-based Hadebe, who plays for Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo missed his initial flight to the host country before he was initially barred from leaving the country while England-based Galloway reportedly had problems being cleared by immigration officials to enter Ghana.
Warriors team manager Wellington Mpadare revealed on Thursday that the issues have since been resolved and the duo have now joined their teammates in Cape Coast.
“Galloway arrived last night (Wednesday evening) and Hadebe has jetted in this morning. They trained with the rest of the squad for the first time in the afternoon and everything is looking fine,” said Mpandare.
The arrival of the duo is expected to bolster the Warriors’ defence ahead of the tough away encounter against the Black Stars of Ghana.
They have both been in brilliant form for their respective clubs with Galloway establishing himself as a key player at Plymouth Argyle in the English League One while Hadebe has been in top form for Houston Dynamo.