7 June 2016
POLISH-based midfielder Andre Dzikamai Gwaze has explained why he was omitted in the squad on Sunday.
The unheralded Gornick Zabrze midfielder made headlines when coach Kalisto Pasuwa announced his squad two weeks ago ahead last Sunday’s showdown against Malawi.
He was omitted from Pasuwaâ€™s 18-member squad that went on to win 3-0.
He is also the only foreign based player who failed to make it into the final 18 and watched the explosive encounter from the terraces.
Gwaze, who started in the 2-0 win against Uganda in a friendly tie said his omission was due to an injury.
â€œI injured my ankle and it was swelling. I played at Rufaro the previous Tuesday and I got a knock. I had not played in an artificial turf in a long time and it was very hard for my knees and ankles. I thought I would recover in time but the injury kept on swelling. The coaches thought it was better not to risk,â€ the 27-year-old midfielder explained.
Used substitutes include Danny Phiri, Matthew Rusike and Cuthbert Malajila whilst Blessing Moyo, Teenage Hadebe, Donovan Bernard and Evans Rusike did not play.
He added, â€œItâ€™s not about who has played or not. Itâ€™s not about who did this and that. However, itâ€™s important to win and qualify. We have already done so and itâ€™s time to focus on our next assignment. I am happy for the team.â€
â€œThey played well. It was a tough game and we knew Malawians were not going to give us the match on a silver platter. But we managed to overcome and itâ€™s all important for us as Zimbabweans?”