PETER MUDUHWA

Who’s going to Gabon and why? Warriors squad the misses

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WHILE Warriors coach Callisto Pasuwa cannot be expected to please everyone whenever he selects a squad that will represent the country in major tournaments, his exclusion of well performing players at club level over non-performers leaves a lot to be desired.

Pasuwa recently named a 31-member provisional squad where he will select the final team to represent Zimbabwe in the much awaited 2017 Africa Cup of Nation finals in Gabon which starts in January.

B-Metro takes a look at some of the questionable selections that were made by the respected coach.

Donovan Bernard: Ita��s no secret Bernard does not command a regular jersey at Bulawayo-based side How Mine. In fact he played second fiddle to club first choice goalie

Munyaradzi Diya. In one post match interview with B-Metro Sport coach Kelvin Kaindu said he had decided to pick Bernard ahead of regular Diya so that the young goalie can regain his confidence after being sidelined for a number of matches.

Petros Mhari, a tried and tested FC Platinum goalkeeper, should have been selected into the provisional squad.
Elisha Muroiwa: There is no doubt the

Dynamos defender forms a reliable backline alongside Costa Nhamoinhesu but Muroiwa has been sidelined for five months due to injury. His recent appearance was in a Bosso@90 celebratory friendly match between Highlanders and Dynamos.

Unless if declared fit by the Warriors medical centre then taking Muroiwa to the Afcon finals is a huge gamble.
Peter Muduhwa, a 2016 Premier Soccer League Soccer Star of the Year finalist, would have been a perfect cover in the event Muroiwa is not 100 percent fit.

Oscar Machapa: Pasuwa has from time toA� time defended his selections behind the reasoning that players that have played an integral part in the qualifying stages deserve to be on the plane to Gabon. How the name Machapa ended on the provisional squad is a question only the coach can answer.

Prior to being called back into the Warriors set up for a friendly match against Tanzania, Machapa a�� who plays for DRC side AS Vita, had last donned the Zimbabwe national team jersey in 2014 when Ian Gorowa was still the head coach.

Raphael Kutinyu: When Chicken Inn was a formidable team in 2015 under former coach Joey Antipas leaving out Kutinyu in a Warriors provisional squad would have been a shocker to the local football supporters.

But fast forward to 2016 and the departure of Antipas to South Africa and Kutinyu is a shell of his former self.
Questions will still be asked if he makes the trip to Gabon.

Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva (Dynamos), Donovan Bernard (Howmine), Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum), Takabva Mawaya (ZPC Kariba)

Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu (AC Sparta Praha), Blessing Moyo (Maritzburg United), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos) Tendai Ndlovu (Highlanders), Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United), Bruce Kangwa (Azam), Oscar Machapa (AS Vita Club), Liberty Chakaroma (Ngezi Platinum), Onismor Bhasera (Supersport United), Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn)

Midfielders: Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns), Willard Katsande (Kaize Chiefs), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marvellous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem), Raphael Kutinyu (Chicken Inn), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows), Ronald Chitiyo (Harare City), Talent Chawapiwa (ZPC Kariba) Marshall Mudehwe (FC Platinum)

Strikers: Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates), Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Matthew Rusike (Helsingborgs IF), Philana Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF) Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United), Cutrhbert Malajila (Bidvest Vits)
AFCON Group B Fixtures
15 January: Algeria vs Zimbabwe
19 January: Senegal vs Zimbabwe
23 January: Zimbabwe vs Tunisia