Featured - Sports - December 4, 2020

Warriors gear up for Chan football tournament

THE Zimbabwe football team gears up for their fourth Chan football tournament to be held in Cameroon next month.

The previous appearance of the country’s three biggest teams Dynamos, Highlanders, and Caps United on the local scene are effectively over after FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum combined to contribute a third of players selected into the Warriors squad on Thursday.

The Warriors’ coach Zdravko Logarusic selected six players from Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum and five from Ngezi Platinum in the 34 squads to prepare for the CHAN tournament starting on 16 January 2021.

FCP is the only local team that was in action all year after kick-starting their 2020/2021 African Champions League campaign in Mozambique last weekend.

Ngezi players on the other hand were not playing competitively, they continued training in batches during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

The two teams have run neck to neck in the last two league championships, both won by the Zvishavane side who have now collected a straight three titles.

From Ngezi Platinum selected players includes Nelson Chadya, Qadr Amini, Frank Makarati, Wellington Taderera and Devon Chafa.

On the other hand, Raphael Muduviwa, Ralph Kawondera, Kelvin Madzongwe, Silas Songani, Stanley Ngala and Petros Mhari were selected from FC Platinum.

A total of 11 players were selected from Chicken Inn and Harare City also supplied nine players.

The Warriors are expected to assemble in Harare on 6 December and will break on the 20th for the festive holidays before resuming camp eight days later ahead of departure for Yaounde.

In a statement, ZIFA reminded all stakeholders that training camps are restricted areas to fight the spread of Covid-19.

“All stakeholders are reminded that training camps for all national teams in this period are restricted areas due to the fight against the spread of covid-19,” reads the statement.

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