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Warriors: Injury rules Mahachi out of Guinea tie

Ruled out for about five weeks ... Zimbabwe international Kuda Mahachi

31/08/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Injured in training ... Kuda Mahachi
Pasuwa wants UK-based Darikwa, Galloway

WARRIORS star midfielder Kuda Mahachi was on Wednesday ruled out of Sunday's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea in Conakry after suffering a fractured arm during training at the National Sports Stadium.

Warriors team doctor Nick Munyonga however, said Mahachi’s injury was not a train smash as he will be out for five weeks.

The lively Golden Arrows midfielder, who has been one of the heroes of the 2017 African Nations qualifying campaign in which the Warriors remain unbeaten, was expected to fly out to his base in South Africa where he would be operated on.

Munyonga said although they could have treated him in Harare, they had been in touch with his club and agreed that it would be best for him to have his rehabilitation at his club.

The Warriors team doctor said Mahachi would be out of action for about five weeks if he was operated on.

"Obviously it’s a serious injury he sustained because he had a fracture of the radius and the ulna bones on the right hand,” said the Warriors doctor.

“And its injury that needs to be operated on for him to recover early and very fast. We expect him to be out for a minimum of five weeks from the time of operation.

“So we had made a number of arrangements to allow him to be operated on with two options for him to be operated here or in South Africa.

“We have been in touch with his club and agreed that probably rehabilitation will be better if it was done in SA. So it’s not a train smash, its only that he will be out for a few weeks otherwise he will be back.”

As technical team it’s a blow that will be missing him for this match ... Pasuwa

Injury a blow

Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa said the injury was a blow as he sought continuity ahead of the January tournament.

“Obviously, this is a blow to us. He (Mahachi) has been one of the regular players in the matches we have played,” said the coach.

“He is one boy who has got energy of going up and down; an outside midfielder who has been covering also the defenders. Now that we miss him; it’s also a chance to try other players and see how they fare in this match against Guinea.


“But as technical team it’s a blow that will be missing him for this match.”

The Warriors have already qualified for the Gabon tournament but they need to beat Guinea to end the campaign with an unbeaten record.

Zimbabwe are unbeaten in five Group L games in the qualifiers in which they won three — twice against Malawi and once against Swaziland.

Pasuwa’s men played out two draws against Guinea in Harare and Swaziland away from home.

The Warriors are also looking at this game as a yardstick to measure their progress ahead of the finals in January.

The team which had been scheduled to leave for Guinea today, is now set to fly out tomorrow morning.

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