The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe senior men’s team resumed training as they intensified preparations for the African Nations Championship, a tournament which starts in Cameroon on Saturday.
A dark cloud was looming over the Warriors after 15 members of those in camp, that is players and the technical team tested positive for the coronavirus. There was however good news when the Zimbabwe Football Association announced that only one out of those 15 individuals returned a positive test, which paved way for the team to resume training at the National Sports Stadium yesterday afternoon. It has been ascertained that the one person who is still to recover from Covid-19 is a player.
Zifa said the whole squad will undergo another test on Tuesday ahead of departure for Cameroon on Wednesday.
“All but one of the 15 members of our Chan team who previously tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered, group training resumes this afternoon (yesterday). Another test will be done on 12 January ahead of departure for Cameroon on 13 January,’’ said Zifa.
Wellington Mpandare, the Warriors team manager said they recently submitted a squad of 33 players to the Confederation of African Football. From that squad, Zimbabwe will choose the 23 to represent the country at the tournament.
Zimbabwe have been drawn in same group with Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali. The locally based Warriors square off with the Indomitable Lions in the tournament opener on Saturday.
Goalkeepers: Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), Simba Chinani (Dynamos), Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
Defenders: Peter Muduwa (Highlanders), Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Tafadzwa Jaravani (Caps United), Ian Nekati (Chicken inn), Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Carlos Mavhurume (Caps United), Pawell Govere (Golden Eagles), Andrew Mbeba (Highlanders), Talent Chamboko (Manica Diamonds)
Midfielders: Richard Hachiro (Caps United), Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United), Shadreck Nyahwa (Bulawayo Chiefs), Wellington Taderera (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Leeroy Mavunga (Caps United), Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City), King Nadolo (Dynamos), Denver Mukamba (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
Strikers: Obriel Chirinda (Chicken inn), Tawanda Nyamandwe (Manica Diamonds), Farawo Matare (Bulawayo Chiefs)
Defenders: Frank Makarati (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Valentine Musarurwa (Harare City), Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye (Caps United)
Midfielders: Devon Chafa (Ngezi Platinum), Juan Mutudza (Dynamos), Phineas Bhamusi (Caps United), Ishmael Wadi (CAPS United) Nqobizitha Masuku (Highlanders), Tichaona Chipunza (Chicken Inn)
Strikers: Thomas Chideu (Harare City)