Katsande, Nkhata dropped

Zimbabwe national team coach Ian Gorowa has not considered the Kaiser Chiefs duo of Willard Katsande and Kingstone Nkhata for the second leg of the preliminary round against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania at the National Sports Stadium on June 1.

Kingstone Nkhata.
Kingstone Nkhata.

The two did not report for duty after they were called for the first leg which the Warriors lost 1-0 and Gorowa said he was not happy with the attitude of the two players. Instead, Katsande chose to attend the Premier Soccer League Awards ceremony for which he was one of the nominees for the Player of the Year Award which went to Bidvest Wits’ Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Gorowa has called Ovidy Karuru who is based in Belgium, Edward Sadomba in Libya, South Africa based Carrington Nyadombo, as well as Caps United’s Tafadzwa Rusike who put up a brilliant performance in his team’s 1-0 win over bitter rivals Dynamos in the Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield.

Gorowa said he was selecting players who were committed to the Warriors cause irrespective of where they played whether be it locally or in foreign lands but said he preferred locally based players. The Warriors are hoping to overturn the 1-0 deficit they incurred in Dar-Es-Salaam to sail through to the next round where they are likely to face Mozambique who hammered South Sudan 5-0 in the return leg. The winner of that game will join Cape Verde, Niger and Zambia in the group stages.

Zimbabwe have not qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations since 2006 when Charles Mhlauri led the team to qualification with two games still to play. Zimbabwe had earlier qualified in 2004 under the coaching guidance of Sunday Chidzambwa.

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