By Lawrence Trusida
The Warriors local contingent led by Coach Norman Mapeza left for South Africa this Tuesday enroute to Ghana ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against the Black Stars at the Cape Coast stadium this Saturday.
Mapeza is accompanied by his two assistants Taurai Mangwiro and Mandla Mpofu together with Rahman Kutsanzira and Kelvin Madzongwe.
They will be joined in South Africa by Zambia based midfielder, Thabani Kamusoko and the South African contingent of Talbert Shumba, Washington Arubi, Onismor Bhasera, Blessing Sarupinda, Farai Madhanhanga, Knox Mtizwa and Terrence Dzvukamanja before connecting to Ghana.
Bruce Kangwa, Perfect Chikwende and Never Tigere who are based in Tanzania have already arrived in Ghana.
The technical department is expecting all the players to be in Ghana by Wednesday evening ahead of full training sessions.
Coach Norman Mapeza is not taking any chances after roping in respected sports medicine expert, Dr Nick Munyonga, to be the team doctor.
It is still not certain if the British brigade will be able to travel to Zimbabwe for the return leg due to England’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.
However, Ghana is facing the same problem with five players already out of the double header against the Warriors.
China-based Midfielder Mubaraki Wakaso, the duo of Alfred Duncan and Emmanuel Gyasi who ply their trade in Italy as well as Brentford winger Tariqe Fosu and Reading defender Andy Yiadom will not be part of the Black Stars squad.
However, Midfield kingpin Thomas Partey of Arsenal and the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre will make the trip to Ghana to face the Warriors.
The Warriors start a new era under Mapeza anchoring Group G with just a point from two games.
South Africa are at the top of the group standings with four points while Ghana and Ethiopia have three points apiece.