THE euphoria that swept across Zimbabwe last month after the Warriors’ qualification for the 2004 African Nations Cup soccer finals is expected to be rekindled at Barbourfie
lds Stadium in Bulawayo on Sunday.
The buoyant Warriors engage Sihlangu of Swaziland in a semi-final tie of the Cosafa Castle Cup before an expected full house.
The excitement could however be diluted by the memories of the embarrassment Swaziland inflicted on Zimbabwe last year when they knocked them out of the same tournament at the quarter-final stage in Harare.
England-based Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu is expected in the country on Sunday morning.
Rafiq Adam, the Warriors manager, this week confirmed Ndlovu’s availability.
Ndlovu’s assistant, veteran defender Kaitano Tembo, has however been ruled out.
Adam said: “Kaitano is still to recover after undergoing an operation. Adam (Ndlovu) and Charles Yohane will also be out because their teams are playing in the semi finals of a cup tournament in South Africa.”
Poland-based striker Shingirai Kawondera and the South African duo of Tinashe Nengomasha and Dumisani Mpofu arrived this week for the encounter.
Sunday Marimo’s squad is lacking in creativity in the midfield department where Johannes Ngodzo has been missing since sustaining an injury in June.
However an opportune moment has presented itself for Nengomasha, who has been making the hadlines in SA, to be thrust into the fray.
Meanwhile, in the only Premier Soccer League matches this weekend, Sundowns host Blue Swallows at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo while Wankie entertain Lancashire Steel at the Colliery Stadium in Hwange. Both matches will be played tomorrow.