Warriors leave for Cape Verde battle

The Warriors are scheduled to leave for Praia, Cape Verde tomorrow for their sink-or -swim 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the hosts on Saturday.

Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa said the team would not have time to train in Harare and foreign-based players would fly directly to Cape Verde from their bases.

"The team is leaving for Praia on Monday night. Local players will link up with those based in South Africa before connecting to Praia," said Mussa.

The South Africa-based players will link up with Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi, FC Platinum’s Daniel Vheremu and Caps United’s Tapiwa Khumbuyani tomorrow night at the OR Tambo International Airport.

The players are: goalkeeper Tapiwa Kapini, Method Mwanjali, Thomas Sweswe, Gilbert Mapemba, Zhaimu Jambo, Tinashe Nengomasha, Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya, Khama Billiat, Tafadzwa Rusike and Nyasha Mushekwi.

Belgium-based Vusa Nyoni, France-based Ovidy Karuru, Knowledge Musona, who plays for Hoffenheim in Germany, and Edward Sadomba, who plies his trade in Sudan, will fly directly to Praia from their bases.

According to Mussa, Karuru, whose availability for the match had been in doubt will be part of the squad, with the Warriors medical team expected to make the final assessments.

The Warriors are involved in a three-way shoot-out with Mali and Cape Verde in Group A for the top spot in the final round of matches on October 8.

Zimbabwe travel to Cape Verde and will kick-off at the same time as Mali who play Liberia in Monrovia.

A win for Mali will put them through whatever happens in Cape Verde, but defeat would hand the advantage to whoever emerges victorious between Zimbabwe and Cape Verde.

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