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Gorowa rings changes for Tanzania showdown

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20/05/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporters
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STILL reeling from the 1-0 loss to Tanzania in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations first round, first leg qualifier last Sunday, Warriors coach Ian Gorowa has made five changes for the swim or sink return leg set for June 1 in Harare.

Gorowa's men displayed a lacklustre show in Tanzania and he hopes the new additions could help his cause as he seeks to qualify for the 2015 continental tournament in Morocco.

Zimbabwe need to score at least two goals without reply to advance to the second round where they are likely to meet Mozambique who walloped South Sudan 5-0 in the first leg.

Should they win in that second round they will join Group E which has neighbours Zambia, Cape Verde and Niger.

After ignoring Willard Katsande, who faked an illness to attend the South Africa Absa Premiership awards where he failed to land even a single award, Gorowa has instead called up his teammate Mathew Rusike.

Gorowa handed Rusike his debut last year and will be keen to have a look at the player as the Warriors seek to overturn the 1-0 deficit.

Also recalled is Belgian-based Ovidy Karuru, Czech Republic league and cup double winner Costa Nhamoinesu and AmaZulu defender Carlington Nyadombo.

Back in the Warriors squad for Tanzania game ... Ovidy Karuru

Al Ahly Benghazi hitman Edward Sadomba is also back in the Warriors line up. He missed last week’s trip as his side was playing in the Caf Champions League while Nyadombo, named the Warriors skipper last week, had not been released by his club.

Gorowa will also be keeping an eye on Mamelodi Sundowns’ Khama Billiat, who missed the season’s last four games due to injury.

Knowledge Musona is out for six weeks while Kingston Nkhatha also claims an injury.

The return leg in Harare will see a changed Warriors team that might see the return of the experienced Washington Arubi in goal ahead of George Chigova.

Patson Jaure will likely be pushed into the right back position to make way for Nyadombo, who will partner the evergreen Eric Chipeta in central defence. Nhamoinesu will be on the left wing back.

Kuda Mahachi and Sadomba should occupy the wings with Rusike or Karuru playing behind Ndoro. Stephen Alimenda and Danny Phiri are expected to line up as the double anchor.


Gorowa wanted the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League to cancel weekend matches to aid a long camp for the Warriors, but with the league's broadcast partners SuperSport, having already scheduled four live matches between Wednesday and Sunday, this was not been possible.


TUESDAY: Bantu Rovers vs Chicken Inn (Luveve)

WEDNESDAY: How Mine vs Caps United (Luveve), Triangle United vs Buffaloes (Gibbo), Chapungu vs Hwange (Ascot, SS9), and Dynamos vs FC Platinum (National Sports), Black Rhinos vs ZPC Kariba (Rimuka)

THURSDAY: Shabanie Mine vs Chiredzi (Maglas, SS9), Highlanders vs Harare City (Barbourfields)

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