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Sadomba jets in to boost injury-hit Warriors


Misses Sunday's must-win tie against Tanzania due to injury ... Kuda Mahachi

30/05/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Huge boost ... Edward Sadomba
 
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THE Warriors received a further boost in their quest to qualify for the next round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Thursday night when Libyan-based striker Edward Sadomba finally joined camp.

The injury-hit Warriors, down 1-0, from the first leg, play Tanzania at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in the return leg of the tie, desperate to avoid being knocked out at the first hurdle.

Team manager Shari Mussa said: “Sadomba arrived last night (Thursday) and this gives the technical team further options ahead of the match.”

Sadomba played for his side Al Ahli Benghazi in the Caf Champions League on Saturday against Esperance in Tunisia, scoring his fifth goal of the tournament, but faced challenges on his return to his base because of the political situation in Libya.

When he eventually arrived back with the rest of the team, he failed, for two days to get a flight to Harare and eventually managed to make the trip on Thursday night.

Despite arriving late, the Warriors technical team will likely be delighted with his presence after a series of injuries to key players since the first leg in Dar es Salaam a fortnight ago.

Key striker Knowledge Musona was injured at Kaizer Chiefs last season and ruled out for six weeks while Khama Billiat also failed to last the distance at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kuda Mahachi was injured in Namibia after he had linked up with his team Mamelodi Sundowns for a one day tournament and went to South Africa for treatment.

Midfielder Peter Rio Moyo lasted only 26 minutes in Highlanders’ 3-1 win over Buffaloes in the Premier League last weekend and faces two weeks out.

Simba Sithole of Ajax Cape Town was also injured ahead of the first leg and is out.
 

Also out injured ... Simba Sithole

On Wednesday, the Warriors played and lost 3-1 to Dynamos in a friendly match at the NSS where Tendai Ndoro and Patson Jaure limped off due to injuries.

But Mussa said: “We pulled both of them as a precautionary measure.

“Ndoro said he felt a strain on his hamstring and Jaure had a knock on his head but the medical team have told me that it’s not something serious.”



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The Warriors rested on Friday morning after a gruelling session against Dynamos and were due to train later in the afternoon before the last session on Saturday morning.

Former Warriors number one Tapuwa Kapini has said the presence of Sadomba will boost Zimbabwe’s attack where they need two clear goals to progress.

"The changes that have been made by the coach can stabilise the team,” he said.

“We have players like Ovidy Karuru and Edward Sadomba who have been brought in. They have played for the national team so they have the experience.

“The youngsters can get guidance from senior players like Sadomba. Sadomba is playing in the Champions League. I think that it can help the Warriors although the match is not going to be easy."

Tanzania arrived in Harare on Thursday at noon and had a session later in the day.

Coach Mart Nooij, who is no stranger to Zimbabwe having been here for the Cosafa Cup in 2009 when he was in charge of Mozambique, arrived without his trusted strike force duo of Mbwana Samatta and Thomas Ulimwengu.

The pair plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo are taking part in the Caf Champions League, although the Taifa Stars are still hoping that they will make the trip to Harare on Saturday-24 hours before the match.


 
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