|Warriors trickling into camp|
|Saturday, 26 May 2012 00:00|
ALL but five players called up for camp had joined the Warriors for their first work-out yesterday afternoon in preparation for a marathon of assignments, starting with the World Cup qualifier against Guinea next Sunday. Zimbabwe will also face Mozambique in another World Cup qualifier on June 10 before hosting Burundi in the reverse fixture of the Nations Cup.
The Warriors, who started trooping into camp on Thursday, have been boosted by the availability of most of the foreign based-based contingent including captain Tapuwa Kapini.
Coach Rahman Gumbo yesterday assessed the personnel at his disposal and will today use the opportunity of the Benjani Testimonial Match at the National Sports Stadium to give his charges a run around.
Former Warriors captain Benjani has invited a galaxy of football stars to grace the match that he is using to show his appreciation for the time he spent with the Warriors.
Proceeds from the match will be used towards the Benjani Mwaruwari Foundation, whose aim is to develop football talent.
But the Warriors are also set to benefit from the testimonial match as they will share the field will some of Africa’s finest football stars.
Although the testimonial match is not expected to be a competitive encounter, it is the likely presence of high-profile players like Nigeria’s Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf, Cote d’ Ivoire and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue, South Africa’s Aaron Mokoena and Senegal’s Kalou Fadiga which could give the Warriors a good run.
Warriors manager Nyika Chifamba was pleased with the response by the players and is hopeful the rest of the players will arrive today.
“So far we have almost all the players in camp except just five who are yet to arrive.
“However, we hope they will come during the week after sorting out one or two things,” said Chifamba.
Warriors vice captain Tinashe Nengomasha is still holed up at his base in South Africa, where he is understood to sorting out his contract with Kaizer Chiefs.
Also yet to join camp is France-based midfielder Ovidy Karuru whose side club US Boulgoune was relegated from the Ligue 2.
Ajax Cape Town star Khama Billiat is expected to join the side today alongside Swedish based midfielder Archieford Gutu.
“We are expecting Gutu and Billiat to arrive tomorrow and so far Chicken Inn goalkeeper Nyoni is the only locally based player yet to join.
“His club Chicken Inn had a league game on Thursday in Bulawayo and I guess he is on his way and could be joining anytime.
“But it’s a good response by the players because players like Carrington (Nyadombo), Kapini, Arnold Chaka have come.
“Oscar Machapa is also here and we had been hoping to call Honour Gombami but his club advised us that he is just coming back from an injury.
“I am sure the coaches will be able to field a decent squad for the testimonial match,” said Chifamba.
Meanwhile Guinea have dropped their playmaker Pascal Feindouno out of the squad set to travel to Harare for the Warriors date.
According to reports from Conakry, the Syli National coach Michel Dussuyer has unveiled a list of 20 players for the qualifying showdowns against Zimbabwe and Egypt early next month.
Talismanic Feindouno, who parted ways with Swiss side FC Sion in January and is now without a club, was dropped alongside Genoa midfielder Kevin Constant and Ibrahima Yattara of Saudi club Al-Shabab.
Etoile du Sahel forward Ousmane Barry, who was also a member of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squad, was also ignored by the Guinea French coach.
The team began a five-day training camp in Paris on Monday and will face Cameroon in Metz in an international friendly before travelling to Harare.
Zimbabwe are pitted against, Guinea Egypt, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Group G.
Njabulo Nyoni, (Chicken Inn), Marlon Jani (Motor Action) Tapuwa Kapini (Amazulu, SA), Timothy Sibanda (Hwange FC).
Tapiwa Khumbuyani (CAPS United), Godfrey Moyo (Motor Action), Patson Jaure (Dynamos), Nyasha Mukumbi (CAPS), Onismore Bhasera (Plymouth Argyle, England), Carrington Nyadombo (Amazulu, SA), Vusa Nyoni, (Gerninal Beerschot, Belgium), Arnold Chaka (Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Botswana), Oscar Machapa (Moroka Swallows, SA).
Simon Munawa (Highlanders), Denver Mukamba (Dynamos), Charles Sibanda (FC Platinum), Kuda Mahachi (Chicken Inn), Ronald Chitiyo (Monoz), Welcome Ndiweni (FC Platinum), Rodwell Chinyengetere (Hwange), Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic, England), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Khama Billiat (Ajax Cape Town, SA), Ovidy Karuru (US Boulogne, France), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Archiford Gutu (Kalmar FF, Sweden).
Takesure Chinyama (Dynamos), Francisco Zvikumbawire (Hwange), Terrence Mandaza (Platinum Stars, SA), Knowledge Musona (Hoffeinheim, Germany).
Abdul Aziz Keita (AS Kaloum), Naby Yattara (Avignon)
Thierno Bah (FC Lausane), Bobo Dian Balde (Avignon), Sory Bangoura ( Djoliba), Beveren Diallo Ibrahima, Kalabane Oumar, AL Dahfra, Mara Mamoudou (Avignon), Zayatte Kamil (Buyuksehir),
Djoulde Bau (Stuttgart), Habib Balde (Nime Olympique), Lanfia Camara (Woluwe), Ibrahima Conte (La Gantoise), Sadio Diallo ( Bastia), Naby Soumah (Sfax).
Alhassane Bangoura (Vallecano), Ismael Bangoua (Nante), Razzagui Camara (Sochaux), Idrissa Sylla (Le Mans), Ibrahima Traore (Stuttgart).