Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE international Jordan Zemura remains doubtful for the back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next week.
The Warriors technical team, as of yesterday, was waiting for scan results of the defender who suffered an ankle injury in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win over Reading at the weekend.
Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare said they are in constant touch with the club and the player to map the way forward.
“We are in constant communication with Zemura and the club. I spoke to him and he gave us some hope. He explained the extent of the injury which according to our discussion is moderate and this means we have to wait for scan results.
“The hope is for a positive result but as it stands, he is doubtful. He is eager to travel and it would be a sad development for him and the technical team if he is to miss the encounters. From a technical team perspective, it’s a huge blow given that we have a number of foreign-based stars who are missing due to injuries among other reasons,” said Mpandare.
Norman Mapeza is expected to name the provisional squad for the two encounters today.
Mpandare said they were yet to get responses from other clubs and players, justifying the delay in releasing the squad.
“We have the list of players the coach wants to work with for the coming encounters but obviously the delay is because we are yet to get responses from other clubs.
“At the end of the day we are left with no option but to announce it and make changes when necessary. We just want to avoid wholesome changes,” said Mpandare.
Another England-based defender Tendayi Darikwa is liley not going to make the trip due to family commitments.
The Warriors manager said Darikwa’s commitment to the Warriors should not be doubted, dismissing reports that the Wigan captain is contemplating quitting the national team.
“Tendayi’s commitment should never be doubted. He has some family issues he is attending to; I have mentioned about it before. So those stories that Tendayi no longer wants to play for the national team are not true.
“He is even willing to come for these matches but it’s a big doubt given the situation at his home. The coach talked with Tendayi in my presence before our game against Ghana and he assured his eagerness to continue representing his country,” said Mpandare.