HARARE – Divine Lunga, a defender for Mamelodi Sundowns, is expected to rejoin the Warriors team ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying second leg match against Ghana at Harare’s National Sports stadium.
Lunga, a surprising absence for the encounter on Saturday in Ghana, had a significant role in Mamelodi Sundowns’ last two games, when he scored in both of them.
The four players who will replace the four England-based stars who are prohibited from entering Zimbabwe due to the COVID-19 limitations imposed by the UK government will be named, according to Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare.
Marvelous Nakamba, Jordan Zemura, Tendayi Darikwa, and Brandon Galloway have all been denied entry to nations the UK government has designated as red zones. The first leg will only be played at Cape Coast, after which the four will return to their headquarters.
“There will be replacements for the four guys who will be going back to the UK. So we are just waiting for the responses from the club’s that we requested,” Mpandare said.
“As soon as we get the responses from the clubs, will let you know the players.”
Before leaving for Ghana, Warriors coach Norman Mapeza praised Lunga’s achievements at the club level and said it provided the national team more competition.
Teenage Hadebe, who left the United States on Wednesday evening for Ethiopia, is scheduled to arrive in Ghana on Thursday morning.
Due to issues with his COVID-19 card and other paperwork, Hadebe’s requests to leave the country were turned down three times. With the help of a representative from his team Houston Dynamo, he was ultimately able to board the aircraft.
After experiencing some issues with his passport on Tuesday, Brandon Galloway has also arrived in Ghana.
The Warriors will train twice on Thursday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, as they leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of a successful outcome.