Jangano made a somewhat nervy debut for Zimbabwe in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Malawi in the opening round of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers, but his coach said the star would soon settle down…… and for long.
Many fans were shocked to see Jangano make the starting line-up ahead of the more experienced Eric Chipeta. Those fears somehow proved justified as the untested defender went on to make the error that gifted Malawi an equaliser seconds after Zimbabwe had taken the lead.
Msiska however, insisted that although Jangano might not have enjoyed one of his best days on Saturday, he was definitely one for the future.
“He was here with us in pre-season and we were very interested in securing his services, but there were some complications with his club. He is the kind of player we would be willing to take in any day.
“He is a quality and fearless defender who can operate in central defence but can also play as a full-back. He has the heart to make it in the national team. The game against Malawi was his first international match and one is bound to make a few mistakes. His moral might also not be very high at the moment at club level because his desire is to play in the premiership.
“I have no doubt about his quality. These are the kind of defenders that we need in the national team and I am sure he is going to have a bright future.”
Jangano was included in the COSAFA Cup squad but did not make a single appearance under Pasuwa’s assistant, Saul Chaminuka. It was more of a surprise when he was called up for the Malawi tie, and few would have predicted his shock inclusion in the starting line-up.Post published in: Football