Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic says he has started working on alternatives given the high possibility of missing a number of key players for crucial Afcon qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia at the end of this month.
Logarusic told H-Metro Sport yesterday that some of the players who were going to form the starting line-up for the encounters remain doubtful.
The players include the England-based quartet of Marvelous Nakamba, Tendayi Darikwa, Admiral Muskwe and Jordan Zemura, as well as injured Khama Billiat.
To that effect, the Croat is working on what he referred to as “Option B or even Option C.”
“(On) the situation about Khama it’s a very short period and very difficult for him to recover.
“We have four or five stars in England and they should start at the national team. They are pushing to be released though it is something difficult for them and this is why we are working on Option B or Option C.
“We can’t control some of these things, but for sure we are going to prepare ourselves without those players. This is the reason we came up with a bigger squad because some will not come. The character of the players we called will perform for the national team and they will do their best and produce good results.
“We have to follow and see what will happen, who will come, tickets have been sent and we will continue sending. Maybe things will change and also hope some of them will not get injured.
“Some of them will get game time and be in shape, let’s hope for the best,” said Loga.
He, however, expressed satisfaction with the return of Knowledge Musona to full fitness. Musona played in his team’s 2-0 win over STVV having been on the sidelines since the beginning of the year. “That is my job to check on the players and it’s a good thing to have him (Musona) back.
“I speak to a number of guys and I even ask some of them when they are being benched too much and give them hope,” he said.
Zimbabwe face their Southern Africa nemesis within five days, starting with a visit to Botswana on March 25 before hosting Chipolopolo.
Logarusic’s men are looking forward to positive results to seal a qualification for the finals to be hosted by Cameroon next year.
They are second on the standings of Group H with five points while Algeria top with 10. Two teams from each group qualify for the finals.
Botswana and Zambia are on four and three points respectively and have chances of qualifying with two games to play. The coach believes they cannot do it alone and is looking forward to getting support from all relevant backers.
“We are appealing for support from Zimbabwean media, we are looking for unity. I am asking for Zimbabwe to rally behind us, it’s not about players alone,” said Loga.
Loga said they will play their part as the technical team to bring smiles on local football lovers.
“We shouldn’t be divided; as a coach I will try my best with my assistants. Zimbabwe is in my heart; I will do everything possible to bring result that brings smiles on the faces of the fans,” he said.