27 March 2017
WARRIORS’ forwards Tendai Ndoro and Evans Rusike has explained why they failed to come for national duty.
The Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United strikers were the only foreign based strikers in interim coach Norman Mapeza’s 23-man squad to face Chipolopolo at the National Sports Stadium Sunday.
Ndoro told this publications that he was nursing a hamstring injury and couldn’t be approved by his club for national duty.
“I have not kicked a ball for the past two weeks. I sustained a hamstring injury during training and have been on treatment for the past two weeks.
“I am looking forward to start training this week. That’s why the club couldn’t give me the green light to go for national duty,” Ndoro said.
On the other hand, Rusike said he could have come for the match had ZIFA’s invitation letter to Maritzburg arrived early.
“It was an issue of delayed communication. We received the letter on Thursday despite the fact that I knew that I would be part of the team earlier. The letter reached our offices late. I was formally told on Friday and it was going to be a hustle to start preparing to catch a flight back home,” the former Hwange striker said.
Teenage Hadebe who was in Mapeza’s initial plans was also ruled out of the tie due to an injury.