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Unprepared Warriors Leave Zimbabwe for COSAFA Tourney

  • Michael Kariati

The COSAFA Cup is one of the major tournaments on the African continent. (AP)

The COSAFA Cup is one of the major tournaments on the African continent. (AP)

Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa is crying foul over lack of training by his squad ahead of their Cosafa excursion.

The Warriors only trained for three days before departure for the tournament which will be held in South Africa from May 17-23.

The Warriors have four Cosafa Senior Challenge titles to their belt but Pasuwa is not happy with the way in which they have prepared for this year’s tournament.

The four-time Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title holder is of the opinion that the short training time will have some far reaching repercussions on his team’s combinations.

The Zimbabweans will face Mauritius, Namibia, and Seychelles. They begin their account against lightweights Mauritius but Pasuwa is not taking his opponents for granted.

Pasuwa is hoping to place his name alongside the likes of Sunday and Misheck Chidzambwa and Charles Mhlauri who have in the past won the Cosafa Senior Challenge.

Sunday Chidzambwa has two titles to his credit which he won in….and……

Chidzwambwa also coached Pasuwa at Dynamos.

The Warriors which were on the verge of missing out of the tournament due to lack of funds had to be rescued by self-proclaimed Prophet Walter Magaya who gave them $54,000.

The Cosafa Senior Challenge has not affected the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League programme as action enters week 10.

The talk of the football fraternity is the Bulawayo derby between second-placed Chicken Inn and sixth placed Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.

Matches between the two sides are among the biggest in the league and under fire Bosso coach Bongani Mafu is hoping that his players will this time find it right in front of goal.

Another derby is in the Midlands where leaders Triangle visit Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum in a match that could go either way.

Harare City host Hwange while ZPC Kariba travel to Ascot to play struggling Whawha Prisons.

The Zesa sponsored ZPC are under the guidance of caretaker coach Oliver Matawa but one of their supporters Fidelis Marange was a quick solution to the coaching crisis

The other match will see Flame Lilly at home to Buffaloes.

Although Caps United have a seemingly easy assignment against Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium Sunday, the same cannot be said of their neighbours Dynamos who face on fire How Mine at Barbourfields.

How Mine coach Luke Masomere once coached Dembare.