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Final pep talk ... Warriors coach Ian Gorowa talks to his players in Harare on Friday

16/05/2014 00:00:00
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WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa dropped Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya for Sunday’s 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations first round, first leg qualifier against Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

There were only 19 players in camp and the former Bosso number one was the unlucky man as Gorowa opted to travel with 18 players.

Diya has been on the bench for Bosso’s last two league matches against Caps United, whom they whacked 4-0 and the last Sunday’s 0-0 draw against ZPC Kariba in Harare with coach Kelvin Kaindu preferring Arial Sibanda.

The Warriors trained at Gateway High School in Harare on Friday morning before leaving for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at 1400hrs where they were expected to connect to Dar es Salaam later in the evening.

Centreback Eric Chipeta sat out Friday morning’s one hour workout due to a knock, but team doctor Nick Munyonga and Gorowa said it was just a precautionary measure, insisting there was nothing serious.

Chipeta is expected to partner skipper Patson Jaure in the heart of the defence with Milton Ncube and Hardlife Zvirekwi occupying the wing backs.

Danny ‘Deco’ Phiri and Stephen Alimenda will anchor with Kuda Mahachi and Pascal Manhanga, although Peter Moyo, could still come in in the creative hub.

Final training ... Warriors players going through their paces before leaving for Tanzania

Cuthbert Malajila and Tendai Ndoro are expected to start upfront.

The real competition for a starting place is between the two goalkeepers Washington Arubi and George Chigova.

Arubi has the edge due to international experience while Chigova performed very well at the Chan finals in South Africa at the start of the year.

Gorowa said his mission was clear.

“We do not want to concede. We have to remain tight and not allow them to come to us, if we get a chance we will score on the break,” he said after the Friday morning session.

Tanzania have also been planning for the tie and reports from East Africa on Friday suggested they had managed to get their two key strikers from DRC giants TP Mazembe, who will arrive 24 hours before the match.


Mbwana Samata and Thomas Ulimwengu are now expected to beef up Mart Nooij’s team as they seek a comfortable home win ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.

The winner will face either Mozambique or South Sudan, who play their first leg in Maputo on Saturday, in the second round.

The second round victor will join 2012 champions Zambia, Cape Verde Islands, who broke Zimbabwe’s hearts two years ago, and Niger in the final group qualifiers where the two top teams will qualify for the Morocco finals next year.

Dropped ... Highlaanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya failed to make the final squad


GOALKEEPERS: W Arubi, G Chigova

DEFENDERS: H Zvirekwi, E Chipeta, P Jaure, M Ncube, R Pfumbidzai

MIDFIELDERS: D Phiri, P Manhanga, S Alimenda, P Moyo, M Mudewe, T Chawapiwa

STRIKERS: K Mahachi, T Ndoro, C Malajila, W Kapinda, K Musharu

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