HARARE – Warriors gaffer Zdravko Logarušić is reportedly making all the efforts to ensure the French based duo of Olympique Lyonnais forward Tino Kadewere and Stade Reims midfielder Marshall Munetsi are available for the decisive Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers later this month.
Zimbabwe will travel to Botswana on March 25 for the penultimate Group H qualifier before concluding their qualification campaign with a home fixture against Zambia four days later.
The team needs at least four points from the two fixtures to book its ticket to the Afcon finals set for Cameroon in January next year.
The team’s technical team is said to be working round the clock to make sure both Reims and Lyonnais release the players who are key to the national team’s cause.
Lyonnais informed Zifa last week of Kadewere’s unavailability due to the complicated COVID-19 regulations in France which will mean that the striker will have to isolate for six days upon his return.
Reims have not yet officially communicated their position to Zifa’s request for Munetsi who returned from injury recently which had cast doubt on his likely availability for the crucial ties apart from the covid-19 regulations in France.
Munetsi also missed the Warriors’ back-to-back clashes against Algeria in November because of an injury.
Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare expressed confidence that the French duo will likely be allowed to feature in the upcoming games.
Mpandare said negotiations are still going on with the clubs and an official position will likely be clear by end of this week.