HARARE – Warriors kingpin Knowledge Musona fears he will miss the World Cup qualifier against Egypt Sunday after sustaining a hamstring injury during training on Friday.
Musona, one of three Europe-based players called for the two ties against Egypt and Guinea in the next two weeks, was forced to watch Friday’s training session at the National Sports Stadium from the sidelines.
With most of the players in camp given a clean bill of health, Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels worked on combinations and tactics before selecting his final squad tonight.
The Warriors stepped up their preparations for this dead-rubber clash with a warm-up match against Motor Action in the morning.
Musona also had injury concerns in the away fixture against Egypt in March after catching a cold in the coastal city of Alexandria. The former Kaizer Chiefs ace, however, recovered on time and blasted home a brilliant equalising goal which was however cancelled out by Mohamed Aboutrika’s late winner from the penalty spot.
“He (Musona) didn’t train because he has some problems with his hamstring and I think it’s better to give him a rest,” Pagels told Daily News after Friday’s training session.
“But for tomorrow (Saturday) I think he will be in a good shape then we can use him (in training). We will announce the final 18 tomorrow evening because we have to wait on Musona.
“We are concerned upfront with the number of chances we are missing. The problem is finishing our chances. In the matches against Monomotapa and Motor Action today, we had a lot of chances but we didn’t utilise them. Maybe for them (players) it’s not really competitive but they must get it in their heads that every match is important and we have to be serious.”
After the technical bench finalise the final squad tonight, the dropped players will re-join the team soon after the match to prepare for their next assignment against Guinea in Conakry next weekend.
Pagels indicated that despite the match being of lesser importance to the hosts, they are targeting a win against the run-away Group G leaders.
“I am really happy to work with these players because they are very enthusiastic. They look very sharp. They want to come to the party,” added Pagels.
Squad: Washington Arubi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Artwell Mukandi, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Denver Mukamba, Ocean Mushure, Archieford Gutu, Silas Songani, Abbas Amidu, Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Roderick Mutuma, Masimba Mambare, Matthew Rusike, Lincoln Zvasiya, Devon Chafa, Felix Chindungwe, Erick Chipeta, Tafadzwa Rusike, Partson Jaure, Ronald Chitiyo, Ovidy Karuru, Nicholas Guyo, Cuthbert Malajila. – Godknows Matarutse