By Lawrence Trusida
Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic is going ahead with his plans for the COSAFA tournament and World Cup qualifiers despite the fact that football has not yet been given the green light by the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC).
Loga’s plans were derailed by the Commission’s suspension of sporting activities in the country as a Covid-19 response strategy.
The Warriors Coach was hoping to take advantage of the Chibuku Super Cup to assess more locally based players for the upcoming COSAFA tournament set for Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from the 7th to the 18th of next month.
“For COSAFA definitely we are not going to call our big guys. I want to use locally-based players who were playing Chibuku and also some players we have been in contact with.
“We need to build a big squad. Already I know 15 or so players for the AFCON qualifiers, but there are places still available,” he said.
Despite the setback, the Croat is not being distracted from focusing on the bigger picture.
Said Loga, “I am going to give a lot of opportunities to talented players, doesn’t matter where they play. Remember I gave an opportunity to Matare (Farao) from the lower the division and I also gave Perfect (Chikwende) a chance and he was the hero in Botswana and we are going to continue like that because there is a lot of talent here.”
The Warriors have been placed in Group C alongside African football heavyweights Senegal who are coming in as a guest nation as well as Mozambique and Namibia.
Indications are that Nyasha Dube who plies his trade in the United States for Little Rock Rangers will be assessed during the COSAFA tournament.