By Don Makanyanga
Harare, September 30, 2016 – FORMER Warriors and Caps United forward Brian Badza believes his former strike partner, Leonard Tsipa’s current form in the 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League should earn him a call up in the current Warriors squad.
Tsipa, at 33, is enjoying a purple patch during the twilight of his career and is joint top goal scorer with Hwange marksman Rodwell Chinyengetere.
Although they both have a modest 9 goals each with 25 matches into the 2017 premiership campaign, they remain ahead of the rest in a season in which strikers have failed to deliver.
Writing on his Facebook page, Badza, now based in the United Kingdom, said he felt that Tsipa’s current form deserves a national team call up for the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon early next year.
“Based on form, I think my ex-partner Leonard Tsipa deserves a call up (to) Warriors Afcon 2017,” wrote Badza.
Tsipa featured for the Warriors on three occasions in the mid-2000s.
Tsipa and Macopolo, as Badza was affectionately known in local football then, in 2004 and 2005 formed a lethal strike force under the now US based gaffer Charles Mhlauri.
Their partnership led to the Harare side winning two successive league titles during the two years.
Tsipa left the country 2005 when he failed to return home with the rest of the squad which had toured the UK.
Caps United are conspicuous absentees in this weekend’s Chibuku Super Cup quarter final matches after they were knocked out in the first round.
The lucrative competition will however see current premiership log leaders FC Platinum and Highlanders on duty.
FC Platinum play unpredictable Lowveld side Triangle FC at Gibbo Stadium while Highlanders face a tricky tie against neighbours How Mine.
FC Platinum and Highlanders are both gunning for a cup double.
The other fixtures will see Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba locking horns with defending champions, Harare City while Ngezi Platinum square up with Tsholotsho at Baobab stadium.
Meanwhile, the Sports and Recreation Commission has set dates for the Zimbabwe Women’s Football League in a bid to end the squabbles within women’s football.
The squabbles rocking women’s football were feared could affect the senior women’s national team preparations ahead of the African Women Championships set for Cameroon in November.
In volleyball, the National Volleyball League rolls into life this weekend with all the eight teams taking to the court on Saturday and Sunday.
Karate will see all roads leading to the mining town of Kwekwe for the Kwekwe Invitational National Karate Championship.
The Championship will be under the Shokotan Style, a semi-contact karate which accords karatekas from different dojos an opportunity to showcase their skills will be hosted by Zimbabwe Karate Union and JAPAN Karate Association.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Thursday confirmed the triangular series involving Pakistan and West Indies in November and Test Match against the Sri Lanka in October.