by WELLINGTON TONI
HARARE, (ItNews Zimbabwe) – ZIMBABWE national football team coach, Zdravko Logarušić, is worried about the inactivity of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the impact it might have on his side’s performance at the African Nations Championships next month.
The CHAN finals, a competition for locally-based players only, is set for April 4-25 in Cameroon.
The local league is only set to kick off on March 21 and the Warriors coach said his players would lack fitness.
“The main problem is that there is no league at the moment. So there is no match fitness. We do not know the proper form of the players because there are no competitive matches,” the coach lamented.
He added, “…but we will try to represent the country properly in Cameroon.”
The PSL will have its Annual General Meeting this weekend after which the 2020 fixtures will be released.
The season kicks off with a Challenge Cup match between Highlanders and champions FC Platinum next Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
Logarusic, appointed in late January, hopes to have at least a ten-day training camp with his players and three competitive matches against some PSL sides in Harare.
“We could not get more than ten days of preparation because the league is only starting on March 21. We will have ten days in camp together. That will include three matches against premier division sides in Harare from 8-10 March,” he said in an interview.
The Croatian mentor hopes to start preparations this Sunday before the Warriors shift focus to back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria.
At CHAN 2020, Zimbabwe is drawn in group A with hosts Cameroon, Mali and Burkina Faso. The Warriors play in the opening match on April 4 against Cameroon.
Zimbabwe will then face Burkina Faso on the 8th.
The last match in the group phase is against Mali on the 12th.
Goalkeepers: Simbarashe Chinani, Ariel Sibanda, Nelson Chadya, Talbert Shumba.
Defenders: Xolisani Ndlovu, Qadir Amin, Frank Mukarati, Partson Jaure, Peter Muduwa, Liberty Chakoroma, Ian Nekati, Raphael Muduviwa.
Midfielders: Marlon Mushonga, Moses Muchenje, Devon Chafa, Trevor Mavhunga, Kelvin Madzongwe, Phineas Bamusi, Juan Mutudza, King Nadolo, Wellington Taderera, Ishmael Wadi, Valentine Kadonzvo, William Manondo, Kelvin Chibunyu
Strikers: Prince Dube, Obriel Chirinda and Stanley Ngala.