Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic, has criticised some of the Zimbabwean footballers born in the United Kingdom for their questionable commitment to playing for Zimbabwe.
The Croatian did not reveal the players’ identities but said there are three individuals who seemingly have divided loyalties. He said:
Warriors is just a nickname, anyway, Zimbabwe is giving you the options to represent this country, and you are doubting.
If you are born in this country, you should respect this country.
If your parents were born here you should make your parents proud and play.
And, if you are not showing commitment for the country you are born in, or where your real parents come from, then you are not welcome.
… It’s not necessary to say the names. They didn’t show commitment and it’s the end of the story.
Logarusic was speaking amid reports that some footballers born to Zimbabwean parents in the diaspora, among them Reading midfielder Andy Rinomhota and Queens Park Rangers forward Macauley Bonne – both playing in the English Championship – have expressed reservations over playing for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, Jordan Zemura, who made his senior debut for Bournemouth recently, Adam Chicksen of Notts County, Scotland-based David Moyo and Nottingham Forest fullback, Tendayi Darikwa is back after a long lay-off from injury, have all in the squad for the back to back AFCON qualifiers against Algeria this month.