Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa revealed Tuesday evening that the chances of Musona making it to play were very slim following an injury. Mussa said Musona had not yet contacted them and they were still in the dark about the extent of his injury.
Musona is currently with a German club TSG Hoffenheim. Hoffeinheim are understood to have earlier written to the Zimbabwe Football Association telling them that Musona was injured in training and would not be fit to play for the Warriors in this particular Nations Cup qualifier.
Mussa, however, says they would have preferred to have Musona in camp in Harare so that they could assess the injury themselves and see if he is not able to play for his country.
Musona also missed Zimbabwe’s international friendly match against Zambia on August 10 after Hoffenheim asked for the player to be excused because the team wanted him to adapt to the conditions at the club as he had just joined the Bundesliga team.
The current situation has left Zimbabwe with only two strikers in camp, Edward Sadomba and rookie Simba Sithole hence the decision to call Malajila.
Despite the Musona setback, Mussa says, morale is high in the camp adding that he was confident the Warriors will win this game and brighten their chances of qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals having missed out in 2008 and 2010.
A win for the Warriors coupled by a loss by leaders Cape Verde away in Mali will bring Zimbabwe strongly back in contention for qualification to the finals to be jointly hosted by Gabon and the Equatorial Guinea.
Liberia and Zimbabwe drew one-all when they first met in Monrovia in September last year.
There are two games left in this campaign and the Warriors will travel to Cape Verde for their last game in October. Cape Verde currently lead the four country group with seven points while Mali are second on six. The Warriors are third with five points while Liberia are rock bottom on four points.