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Warriors plans for a longer camp ahead of their Nations Cup tie against Tanzania remains uncertain as the Premier Soccer League are unlikely to cancel fixtures to allow coach Ian Gorowa more time with his players.

Kaizer Chiefs’ forward Matthew Rusike has also ruled himself out of the Tanzania game because of a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have a check-up in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Yesterday, Gorowa said Rusike’s unavailability was another blow, but remained confident that the players he will have in camp will deliver.

“What I observed in Tanzania was that we needed someone who could run at their defence and it’s a pity that Simba Sithole could not make it because he does that role perfectly and keeps the defence busy,” said Gorowa.

“But I’m not desperate because I believe that the team will deliver because they had an off-day in Tanzania and they know what is needed for us to go through.”

Gorowa and his technical team, eager to prepare thoroughly to overturn a 0-1 deficit when they host the Taifa Stars next week, are keen to have an interrupted camp starting this Friday.

Warriors team manager Sharif Mussa said they have sent their request to Zifa to persuade the PSL to postpone fixtures scheduled for Saturday to Monday since 15 of the players in the national team squad are locally based.

However, the league’s chief executive Kenny Ndebele yesterday said it will be not an easy decision to make as the proposal need wider consultations.

“We have heard there are plans to that effect but there is nothing official. So I don’t know how to respond to that at the moment.

“But I am not sure what will happen because we have a calendar which we sent out to all the stakeholders at the beginning of the year. Remember there are 16 clubs involved and there are also sponsors and television as well.

“So this is something that is really out of my scope. We would need to consult more with the management,” said Ndebele. Mussa said it was in the best interests of the nation for the Warriors to have a longer time in camp.

The Warriors’ efforts to get Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu suffered another blow yesterday after it was established the Czech Republic championship winner is still down with a shoulder injury.

Mussa yesterday said they were still keen to have Carlington Nyadombo, Ovidy Karuru, who is expected home on Sunday and has confirmed his appearance for the Tanzania game, and Edward Sadomba.

Sadomba was involved in the opening matches of the Champions League group stages against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia on the same day Zimbabwe played Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

The speedy forward looks set to participate in the tournament again this Saturday when Benghazi host Esperance. Mussa said they were hoping to strike a deal with the Libyan club to get the player home next week.

Sadomba however will be needed again by his club for yet another Champions League group stage commitment the following week.

“Costa, Sadomba, Ovidy and Carlington are players that we have wanted in the camp from the onset but they were not available for the first leg because of other issues beyond anyone’s control.

“So we are making efforts again to get them for this second leg but Costa has been ruled out. I have spoken to his club and they indicated he is not yet fit to start playing contact game as yet.

“As you know he had suffered a shoulder injury and is still recovering and the club said he needed two more weeks before he can be assessed.

“We are also trying to make contacts with Nyadombo to see if he is now fit. The last time we spoke to him he was injured and now we are trying to find out from him but if we cannot make contact that will be it,” said Mussa.

Source : The Herald

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