Zim star Karuru doubtful for Cape Verde decider

Warriors star midfielder and France-based Ovidy Karuru could miss the Warriors’ must win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Cape Verde on October 8 after sustaining a career threatening knee injury during a during a training session with his team Boulogne this week.

Ovidy Karuru
Ovidy Karuru

The match, to be played in Praia, will decide whether Norman Mapeza's charges will make it to the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The Warriors are second on the standings in Group A with eight points, Mali lead with nine and Cape Verde are third with seven. All three can still qualify for the finals.

Karuru a key player for the Warriors who scored one of the goals in the 3-0 defeat of Liberia in their last assignment last month is setto undergo an X-ray to determine the extent of his injury.

The Zimbabwean star is currently walking with the aid of crutches but Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa is hoping that he recovers in time for the match. "He is a very influential member of the team and we just hope that the injury is not serious. It will be sad to miss a player like him at this crucial stage of the campaign. We should be

welcoming back Knowledge Musona and Nyasha Mushekwi who missed the last match. But we hope to have all our best players available for this match," said Mussa.

The Confederation of African Football has said the Zimbabwe-Cape Verde match will be played at 1500hrs GMT, the same time as Mali and Liberia in Monrovia to avoid match-fixing.

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