WARRIORS coach, Zdravko Logarusic, is expected to name his squad today for the back-to-back Afcon qualifiers against the Desert Foxes next month.
It has emerged Queen Park Rangers forward, Macauley Bonne, has ruled himself out of the squad to play in next month’s double header.
It also still remains to be seen if some of the regular stars, like Tino Kadewere, will be allowed to leave their Euro bases after France announced a new nationwide lockdown.
Europe is struggling to contain a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic and more countries are expected to introduce tough measures.
These restrictions could make it difficult for those who live, and work in those countries, to leave, especially for the international football assignments. Wellington Mpandare, the general manager of national teams, yesterday said they had completed the process to secure the release of players from their clubs.
“We dispatched the release letters to all the clubs three weeks ago and we have completed that process,’’ he said.
“We have managed to secure all the players wanted by the technical team.
“The squad announcement should be on tomorrow (today).’’
Zifa want to have the best possible preparations for the team, in the build up to the back-to-back matches against the African champions, which could define the Warriors’ campaign.
The Warriors are second in their group, on four points, with the Algerians early pacesetters, having secured six points, in their opening two matches, against Zambia and Botswana.
Loga, who presided over the friendly against Malawi, is desperate to deliver.
The Croat is believed to have included a number of active players who are plying their trade outside the country.
Zifa have been battling to have the local league return so that, at least, the local troops will have some game time in preparation for the international matches.
There was an uproar when the coach was forced to field some unfit players after they had failed to secure the services of all the foreign-based players.-Chronicle