Musona doubtful for Botswana, Zambia games

Warriors talisman Knowledge Musona is racing against time to recover before the national team plunges into battle next month for two decisive AFCON qualifiers encounters.

HARARE – Warriors talisman Knowledge Musona is racing against time to recover before the national team plunges into battle next month for two decisive AFCON qualifiers encounters.

Zimbabwe will play Botswana in Gaborone, on March 25, in the penultimate round of the qualifiers before hosting Zambia, at the National Sports Stadium, four days later. 

The Cosafa trio are competing for the remaining sole ticket, from the group, as current Afcon champions, Algeria, have already qualified for the next tournament in Cameroon next year. 

It is Zimbabwe who are fretting more as most of their players face the possibility of not making it for these last rounds qualifiers ties. 

One player of particular interest who might be ruled out for the games is team captain Knowledge Musona.

Zimbabwe has solely relied on his contribution since he burst to the scene in 2011 against Liberia in a failed AFCON qualification attempt, ironically at the last hurdle. 

Musona who is based in Belgium, picked a serious injury early in January during his team’s 4-1 loss to Gent.

The 30-year-old KAS Eupen utility player is still under treatment and recovering after suffering the injury. 

National team coach Zdravko Logarusic who announced the provisional squad for the two games also confirmed the fear that key players like Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Marshall Munetsi will likely miss the two decisive encounters as they battle to recover from long term injuries. 

“We have problems with some injured regular players whom we used in our games against Algeria, especially Khama [Billiat], [Marshall] Munetsi and [Knowledge] Musona,” said the coach. 

“We have more than 10 players whose availability is in doubt. We have to call up more players in case some test positive for COVID-19 in camp. 

“We will select a team for the game against Botswana leaving some players in the country in case we lose some players before the game against Zambia,” said Logarusic. 

Zimbabwe are second in the AFCON qualifying race, on five points, five behind Algeria. Botswana are in third place, with four points, while Zambia anchors the group on three points. 

Zimbabwe can seal qualification if they win against Botswana away and Zambia lose at home to Algeria, in the next round of fixtures, which will render the last group matches mere dead-rubbers.

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