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ZIMBABWE international midfielder Denver Mukamba says he is ready to make a difference after getting a call up to the Warriors squad that is preparing to face Tanzania in a Nations Cup qualifier this Sunday.Mukamba was overlooked for the first leg following a quiet season with his South African club Biest Wits where he has not risen to meet the high expectations.

The midfielder yesterday said he was a victim of injuries upon his arrival at the club and admitted it was difficult to claim a first team place once he was back to full fitness.

But Mukamba, who briefly took the national team’s armband during German coach Klaus Dieter Pagels’ era, was given another opportunity for assessment by Warriors mentor Ian Gorowa.

Striker Edward Sadomba is expected today.

Zimbabwe lost 0-1 in the first leg in Tanzania last week and will be seeking a good win at the National Sports Stadium to overturn the deficit.

“I think it’s good for me to come back into the national team. It’s unfortunate that in my first game (at Biest Wits) I got red card and then when I came back I had too many injuries,” said Mukamba.

“I pulled a thigh muscle and when I came back after one month things were not the same. Now I am fit and I believe I am up for challenges.

“On Sunday we are facing Tanzania and we have to work very hard to win that game. It looks like it’s not going to be easy but we have to win and go to the second round.

“The chances of winning that match are high but it will all depend on our mentality. If we go there in the right frame of mind, playing at home will be a great aantage but now there is pressure that we need to score at least two goals to qualify for the next round.

“It will be good if we can get early goals in the first half. From my understanding of both sides, it’s possible. We can do it but we have to work hard as a team and try to keep focused.”

Mukamba is expected to widen options in the event that Peter Moyo, who suffered an ankle injury during Highlanders’ league match with Buffaloes at the weekend, fails to make it.

Moyo could not train with the team again yesterday and team manager Sharrif Mussa said the doctors will today determine his eligibility for the game.

Mussa, however, was happy with the turn out following a slow start on Monday.

Kuda Mahachi, who had travelled to South Africa, joined the team in their afternoon training session at Gwanzura but could not train as he is also carrying a knock.

Mahachi and Moyo were joined on the sidelines by Tendai Ndoro but the extent of the Mpumalanga Black Aces striker’s injury could not be ascertained.

Libya-based Sadomba is expected to arrive today. Sadomba featured for Al Ahly Benghazi in a Champions League match against CS Sfaxien in Tunisia and scored his fifth goal of the tournament in the 3-2 win.

“Most of the guys have turned up for training after a few had come yesterday (on Monday). This was because of Dynamos and other teams who travelled for the weekend games and arrived late. The only person we are hoping to get now is Sadomba.

“We are trying to finalise with his club and about his itinerary. We haven’t concluded on that and we hope that we have some feedback from them and he comes in by tomorrow. That’s what we are hoping for.

“We have Peter Moyo who was substituted in his league fixture. He has got an ankle knock and the medical team is still assessing him and we will know by later tonight or tomorrow whether he is okay to continue or he is ruled out,” said Mussa.

The Warriors coach Gorowa extended an olive branch to gritty midfielder Willard Katsande who had been under fire for the way he handled his call up for the first leg.

Source : The Herald

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