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Warriors Bracing For Tough Clash With Angola

All roads lead to Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Sunday as the Zimbabwe Warriors brace for a tough encounter with Angola in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations match.

The Warriors will be without marksman Knowledge Musona who missed his flight Thursday in Germany.

Reports say Musona, who plays for FC Ausburg in the Bundesliga, arrived at a local airport long after his plane had left – leaving the Warriors without their most consistent and trusted striker.

Team manager Nyika Chifamba told Studio 7 he has not been in touch with the player and confirmed that the former Kaizer Chiefs hitman has not arrived in Zimbabwe.

Musona has been scoring in almost all the Warriors games of late - including the vital goal he netted against Burundi – to snatch a lot in this stage of the tournament.

Goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini arrived for the match late Friday but still missing in camp are Esrom Nyandoro who is believed to be nursing an injury and Tinashe Nengomasha.

Assistant coach Peter Ndlovu told Cafonline he expects the Warriors to win on Sunday to make their job easy for the return leg in Luanda in October.

“It is here at Rufaro where our fans are … that we are most inspired and motivated to succeed,” said Ndlovu.

Meanwhile, in the age of social media anything is possible and Zimbabwean football fanatics are capitalizing on citizen journalism to bring up-to-date coverage of matches nationwide everyday.

Facebook fan pages like Dembare-dot-coms and Bosso Live have livened up the football experience for Zimbabweans by bringing the most popular soccer news to the doorsteps of fans all over the world -- using their mobile phones which in most cases are too old to be part of social life in developed nations.

These sites have collectively drawn in 60,000 football fans that are anxious to receive lively minute-by-minute coverage of matches.

Bosso Live fan page administrator and Highlanders Football Club fan Onwell Ncube said his group wants to bring live coverage of matches to the masses through using phones and Facebook.