Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS manager Wellington Mpandare said Divine Lunga’s performance in Golden Arrows’ 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows in a DStv Premiership encounter at the weekend is a reminder of the value he can add to the national team.
The Zimbabwe international defender was on top of his game, posting a man-of-thematch performance.
Lunga was reported to be among the players who refused to come for national duty last month, with coach Zdravko Logarusic reportedly ‘blacklisting’ him with other players.
However, Mpandare told H-Metro Sport last night that no players had been blacklisted for national duty.
“The coach’s comments at that Press Conference have nothing to do with Divine Lunga. The coach was not even in contact with Divine, rather it was me. He told me about the injury and he was even willing to come and get assessed here in Zimbabwe.
“We couldn’t arrange that due to time and roped in Onismor Bhasera who was ready. Yes he went on to play for his team, the reason being he wanted to come and join camp to be assessed by our doctors.
“So Divine just like any other player will always be considered for national duty. In fact, we are happy with his performance against Swallows on Saturday.
“We all know the value he can add to the team and he just reminded us with the performance. So let me set the record straight, the coach never blocked Divine or any other player to play for the national team, he said he blocked his WhatsApp to some individuals who had not responded to him and not the national team.”