Low Key Start To Warriors Preparations

Coach Rahman Gumbo refused to talk about his team saying he will only be able to say something once all his players were in camp.

Only four foreign based players Khama Billiart, Oscar Machapa, Arnold Chaka, and Abas Amidu from South Africa reported for duty with team manager Nyika Chifamba saying they are expecting all the other players to be in camp by Thursday.

He said they expected all the South African based players to be with the rest of the squad by Wednesday.

Captain Tapuwa Kapini, Esrom Nyandoro, Carlington Nyadombo, Tinashe Nengomasha and striker Takesure Chinyama were still to arrive when the Warriors went through their paces at Rufaro Stadium Tuesday.

All the European based players Noel Kaseke, Onismo Bhasera, Vusa Nyoni, Quincy Antipas, and Archierford Gutu were also not in training while Chifamba was not sure as to when German based Knowledge Musona would jet in.

Chifamba said the player was likely to join the others either Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Chifamba revealed that Mike Temwanjira who plays for Vasilo in Romania is out of the match through injury.

Soccer critic Jabes Lefani says Zimbabwe’s preparations do not show seriousness on the part of the Zimbabwean team which is entertaining dreams of qualifying for the Nations Cup finals.

Their opponents, though, are leaving nothing to chance and are already in South Africa preparing for the tie.

The Angolans arrived in South Africa Sunday with all members of their team apart from Gilberto who is based in Cyprus and will join the others Thursday.

The winner between the Warriors and Angola will qualify for the Nations Cup finals to be held in South Africa in January.