Young Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare told The Zimbabwean Monday that Musona will no longer be part of the squad to take on South Africa after Kaizer Chiefs refused to release him.
“He is definitely out of this game,” said Mpandare. “His club refused to release him insisting they want the player for medical tests during the same weekend we will be playing. We have been left with no option but to leave him out. We will have to do with the players available.”
The All- Africa Games are not on the FIFA calendar and clubs are not compelled to release players. Mpandare revealed that they have had no problems with such foreign-based players like the Ajax Cape Town duo of Tafadzwa “Fire” Rusike and Khama Billiart and France-based Ovidy Karuru, who was voted man of the match in the Warriors 2-1 win over Mali on Sunday. The team is scheduled to go into camp on Monday.
The Young Warriors made light work of Botswana, running out 6-3 aggregate winners. The Zimbabweans had drawn 2-2 in Gaborone before posting a 4-1 win in Harare. The All Africa Games will be staged in Mozambique from September 3-18, with one country qualifying from each of the seven zones.
HARARE - The Young Warriors will be without Kaizer Chiefs hit man Knowledge Musona (Pictured) when they take on South Africa in the first leg of the final round of the All-Africa Games qualifier in Harare on June 24, after the South African club refused to release him.