After Brazil, its Seychelles next!

mapeza_thanks_his_fansHARARE It is back to a world they are more familiar with for the Warriors when they clash against Seychelles in an African Championships (CHAN) qualifier at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon a mere three days after a dream date with Brazils Samba Boys last week. (Pictured: Warriors coach Norman Mapez

The Warriors virtually sealed their place at the finals to be held in Sudan next year after thumping Seychelles 4-2 in the first leg away in Victoria. But CAPS United stalwart Method Mwanjali who takes over the arm band from Warriors skipper Benjani Mwaruwari after the friendly against five-time World Cup winners Brazil said it was wrong to think that they had already sealed their place at the CHAN finals. “It’s not over yet. We still have a lot of work to do despite that comfortable victory,” said the talented midfielder who will be playing his last match for the Warriors in this tournament after sealing a deal with South African Premiership giants Mamelodi Sundowns. “It will be wrong to think that we are already through. In football, anything can happen. We need to roll up our sleeves and talk after we are through. We will just approach this game as normal. There is no need to under estimate our opponents. They have the potential to spring a surprise.” The CHAN tournament is designed for home-based players only and this means once Mwanjali joins Sundowns on July 1, he will no longer be eligible to play in the tournament as he will by then be regarded as a foreign-based player. The 13 foreign-based players who were also in camp for the international friendly against Brazil will make way for the locally based players as they prepare for the battle against Seychelles. The foreign-based contingent include South African based stars — Kaizer Chiefs quartet of Knowledge Musona, Thomas Sweswe, Zhaimu Jambo and Tinashe Nengomasha, Orlando Pirates’ veteran defender Zvenyika Makonese and Free State Stars striker Kingston Nkhata. England-based skipper Mwaruwari, midfielder Ovidy Karuru (France), Vusa Nyoni (Belgium), Quincy Antipas, Noel Kaseke and Musa Muguni (both Cyprus) were the European-based stars who had been called up for the Brazil tie. Zimbabwe are seeking a second successive appearance at the CHAN finals in Sudan after making it to the inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast in February last year. Warriors CHAN Squad: Edmore Sibanda, Washington Arubi, Tafadzwa Dube, Gilbert Mapemba, Zephania Ngodzo, Khumbulani Banda, Qadr Amin, Gilbert Banda, Method Mwanjali, George Zhokinyu, Lionel Mtzizwa, Steven Alimenda, Ashley Rambanepasi, Ramson Zhuwawo, Benjamin Marere, Richard Mteki, Tafadzwa Rusike, Ali Sadiki, Bheki Ncube, Nyasha Mushekwi, Cuthbert Malajila, Evans Gwekwerere

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