Musona to star in Bafana friendly

South Africa based Zimbabwean football hotshot, Knowledge Musona, is to star in Zimbabwe’s international friendly match against South Africa at the Orlando Stadium tomorrow.

Knowledge Musona
Knowledge Musona

Musona has been included in Ian Gorowa’s team of a mixture of locals and South Africa based players in one of the many international friendly matches dotted all over the world.

Gorowa, who had indicated he would use locally based players only to prepare for the 2014 Africa Nations Championships, has had a change of heart and has called up Zimbabwe’s most known footballers based in South Africa.

These include teammates Cuthbert Malajila and Khama Billiart of Mamelodi Sundowns who have not been part of the Warriors set up since a home defeat to Egypt.

Also included is Washington Arubi who will battle for a place with Highlanders’ Munyaradzi Diya as George Chigova has been left at home to concentrate on his Dynamos duties.

Observers have pointed out that there are two sides to the coin in Gorowa’s latest decision, the first being to assess his South African based players.

The second is that he is scared of exposing his top talent to South African clubs to avoid them being signed before the 2014 African Nations finals in January.

The tournament is reserved for players who ply their trade for clubs in their own home country and whoever moves to a foreign club would not be eligible.

Willard Katsande, who was impressive against Mozambique but fizzled out later in the game, has been retained along with the likes of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Masimba Mambare, Oscar Machapa, Partson Jaure, Silas Songani, and Felix Chindungwe.

South African coach, Gordon Igesund, has also named a strong squad of locally based players with the only withdrawal being that of Lerato Chabangu who plays for Moroka Swallows and dropped out this morning for personal reasons.

Igesund is using the match to fine tune his team for the African Nations Championships. An early elimination of the hosts will affect interest in the tournament.

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