Warriors gaffer ZDRAVKO Logarusic has more selection problems as Tino Kadewere and Prince Dube are the latest additions to the injury list with the Lyon striker being ruled out of the match.
Warriors play Botswana and Zambia at the end of this month.
Kadewere will not travel to Zimbabwe for the games after his French club, Lyon, refused to clear him due to the travelling restrictions put in place in the wake of the new strains of coronavirus. Kadewere’s withdrawal is the latest in the squad after England-based players like Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, Tendayi Darikwa of Wigan and Wycombe Wanderers striker Admiral also pulled out.
Warriors general manager Wellington Mpandare describes the unavailability of the players as a huge blow.
“This is a huge blow since we now have about six players who are no longer coming that were part of the squad.
“It’s a huge blow because the coaches have been planning around those players but they have a backup that’s why they called a 38-man squad so that they have a backup in times like these,” he said.
There’s also uncertainty over the availability of Stade Reims star Marshall Munetsi.
“They haven’t said anything to Marshal or us. We are still waiting for a response,” he said.
“Kadewere’s club has written to us notifying that the player is no longer available.”
Kadewere also picked a muscle injury and missed Saturday’s 5-2 French Cup win against Sochaux. His expected time of recovery is not known.
Another blow in the Warriors squad came from the injury of speedy winger Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Orlando Pirates forward Terrence Dzvukamanja is also out recovering from an ankle knock. His club has announced that he is expected to return to action next week but his availability for the Afcon qualifiers is yet to be confirmed.
Butholezwe Ncube of AmaZulu has been on the sidelines for the past three weeks with an unknown injury.
The midfielder has struggled with fitness this season and missed the previous back-to-back qualifiers against Algeria in November.
Another star carrying an injury but was included in the Warriors’ 38-man squad is Luton Town rightback Brendan Galloway.
Khama Billiat is also another casualty.
However there is also good news as Warriors captain Knowledge Musona scored a brace on Saturday.
He scored the double in KAS Eupen’s 3-3 league draw against Leuven.
Knox Mutizwa, Divine Lunga, Alec Mudimu were also in action for their respective teams.