ZIFA this Thursday announced a provisional Warriors squad that will play South Africa and Ethiopia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches in June attracting varying responses from the fans.
There are mixed views with some suggesting the squad is strong while some have indicated that it could be stronger if some players were called to national duty.
One of the players who the fans are yearning to see is the fast-paced Talent Chawapiwa, a former FC Platinum forward who now plays for Amazulu in South Africa.
A comment to the ZIFA post read, “I miss Talent Chawapiwa” and a handful of more comments echoed the same sentiments. One comment, however, suggested that Talent was having a difficult time at his club.
Others expressed concern over the inclusion of injured players like Khama Billiat and Terrence Dzvukamanja. Read one comment:
_who chose this team the coach or you officials how did u manage to prophecy that Khama Billiat will be fit by the time of the game?_
Billiat was injured in a Kaizer Chiefs match against rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns about two weeks ago when he had just returned to action after spending a long period of time on the sidelines. He is reportedly making good progress to recovery.
Another comment read:
_Balanced team indeed, I wonder why is Terence Dzvukamanja in this team. He is not getting game time at Pirates. Pity Khama is injured, the team will always need a player of his class._
Others suggested that Ronald Pfumbidzayi could be an option for the left-back position if he is available for selection.
Another comment read:
_Haazofadze hake munhu wese bt semaonero angu (Zdravko Logarusic won’t please everyone but in my view) that squad looks balanced in all positions. Gud luck to the Warriors._
Another one reiterated that Pfumbidzayo was needed in the team proposing that midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike must not have been selected. Rusike, known popularly as Makanaka, is one of the players who were outstanding in the Warriors loss to Zambia in a dead rubber AFCON qualifier match played at the National Sports Stadium.
Loga indicated back then that he was going to use the match to select players into the squad.
Some suggested that Brendan Galloway who has been snubbing the Warriors call up should not have been called this time. Another one said the England-based player was not even having game time. Said the commentator:
_Did Galloway pay his way into the squad. He can’t even get game time in 2nd tier football. He’s also previously refused national team call ups!_
Another comment suggested that in-form former Dynamos shot-stopper, Washington Arubi who is also known as Sekuru Gudo should have been called instead of Highlanders number 1, Ariel Sibanda.
Sibanda was exposed in Highlanders’ 2-0 loss to perennial rivals, Dynamos, when the two Castle Lager Premier Soccer League giants clashed on April 18 for the Uhuru Cup.
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