Warriors head coach, Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic, has justified his selection of the provisional squad for the African Nations Championship- CHAN 2021 set for Cameroon in January.
The provisional squad is already in camp and the gaffer says the selection was based on previous performances.
This comes as the local league has not started this year due to the coronavirus pandemic with clubs expressing pessimism over the possibility that the league will start before year-end.
The premier soccer league was granted permission to resume training in October but no competitive action has taken place so far. Speaking on the matter, Loga said:
It was difficult to calm the team without a league running but we had to use knowledge of the players so that we can come up with the team.
The tournament is coming up in January so we had to call a team to prepare and we are warriors we will fight.
His remarks were echoed by Warriors midfielder, King Nadolo, who added that the players were doing individual training and are going to compete.
The Warriors are scheduled to play a friendly match against Ngezi Platinum Stars this Thursday.
Below is the Warriors CHAN provisional squad:
Defenders: Xolani Ndlovu (Chicken Inn), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders), Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Valentine Musarurwa (Harare City), Ian Nekati (Chicken Inn), Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Frank Makarati (Ngezi Platinum), Raphael Muduviwa (FC Platinum), Pawell Govere (Golden Eagles), Andrew Mbeba (Highlanders).
Midfielders: Juan Mutudza (Dynamos), Valentine Kadonzvo (Chicken inn), Ralph Kawondera (FC Platinum), Trevor Mavunga (Triangle), Phenias Bamusi (Caps United), Wellington Taderera (Ngezi Platinum), Devon Chafa (Ngezi Platinum), Kelvin Madzongwe (FC Platinum), Silas Songani (FC Platinum), Collins Dhuwa (Triangle United), Tichaona Chipunza (Chicken Inn), Ishmael Wadi (Caps United), Leeroy Mavunga (Caps United), Nqobizitha Masuku (Highlanders), Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City), King Nadolo (Dynamos)
Usually, Zimbabwe selects locally-based players for CHAN tournaments.
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