Mudimu on a greasy pole

TERRY MADYAUTA

While mistakes are common in football and for defenders in particular, they have the ability to haunt a player’s career, creating devastating consequences.

Such may be the case with Warriors defender,  Alec Mudimu whose blunder against Zambia on Monday added another dent in his already doubtful flirtation in the Warriors set-up.

The Turkey-based defender currently  looks likely to be one of the main casualities in Logarusic’s relentless purge ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and the Africa of Nations to be staged in Cameroon next year.

Mudimu took responsibility of defeat after a mistake he made saw Zambia grab their first goal in a match they later won 2-0 at the National Sports Stadium.

But that alone, will likely not be enough to sooth Logarusic who has already wielded the axe on left full-back Devine Lunga albeit in different circumstances.

The 25-year old defender, Mudimu, admits that he was sloppy for the better part of the tie, where he partnered Victor Kamhuka in the heart of defence.

Yet the poor performance came on a night where he needed to be at his best to try and persuade the Croat, who seems not to be a big fan of the big defender.

Since Loga’s reign started, Mudimu has been slowly sliding out of favour.

First he found himself out of the starting line up and he could yet find himself out of the Afcon finals’ traveling squad.

“Now it’s been a couple of days to adjust and recover, I’d like to say it’s unbelievably disappointing to have lost our last match against Zambia and I take full responsibility about conceding our first goal and I’d personally like to show love to all the support given out, it’s been overwhelming,” Mudimu posted on Facebook.

When the Warriors hosted Algeria last year in November for the Afcon qualifiers, he was on the substitute bench as Logarusic opted for Hadebe and Jimmy Dzingai.

Against Botswana last week, the same pair was fielded ahead of him, as it became clear that the coach is settling for a different defensive pairing to the one that was preferred by Sunday Chidzambga at the 2019 finals in Egypt.

When presented with an opportunity to make a case for himself he floundered against Zambia.

Consequently the coach Logarusic hinted that players who flopped during the Zambia clash are likely to be overlooked when he picks his men for the finals.

“We now have a picture of the players who have the qualities to play for the national team and those who are not good enough,” Loga told reporters earlier this week.

“This was a match against Zambia and if a player couldn’t handle an opponent like them, how am I going to call them to take care of tougher opponents like Ghana. I think the game opened our eyes.”

While the coach picked out young goalkeeper Martin Mapisa, rightback Takudzwa Chimwemwe and leftback Onismor Bhasera for praise, Mudimu was not even mentioned. He named 19 players whom he believes he will take to Cameroon and Mudimu did not get a mention.

“Some players from those who played will receive the national team call-up again and some will have to wait a bit.”

“Khama Billiat should be there, Tendayi Darikwa, Tino Kadewere, Marvelous Nakamba, Marshall Munetsi, Jordan Zemura, David Moyo, Admiral Muskwe and three keepers.

“That means we have 11 players in the squad already. From this squad, you add Ovidy Karuru, Knowledge Musona, Teenage Hadebe, Jimmy Dzingai and Onismor and already I have 16 players. I am left with seven slots.

“Remember Galloway is coming and we are working on bringing Rinemhota. We will select players who are playing at a high level, so we will consider them. Then we have Prince Dube and Knox Mtizwa as well. You can see that the list is almost full.”

Reading midfielder Andy Rinemhota who has previously snubbed the Warriors could be considered ahead of World Cup qualifiers and the for Afcon finals.

“We should know about his availability very soon. Our office is talking to him through an agent.”

“But all those players will have to show commitment. Remember we won against Botswana because we had fantastic quality and  we played as a team.

“The players showed commitment. Most of them never expected to be starters, but they played and delivered a result. There are some players who want to choose which matches they will play and that will not be tolerated. We want players that are ready to play for the country, and that is important,” Logarusic said.

Moreso with the likes of Zambia based, Nkana skipper Kelvin Moyo in Logarusic’s plans, it will not be surprising if the relentless Croatian mentor drops the former Sheriff Tiraspol defender when the World Cup qualifiers commence in June.

Nevertheless Mudimu, who now turns out for Ankaraspor in Turkey is grateful for the opportunity he has been afforded to represent Zimbabwe.

“Thank you to everyone who’s personally took time out and sent a message, thank you. Regardless the team has shown great resilience in tough periods through our journey in being only one of the southern (African) region team to qualify for the AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS.

“We have plenty of positives to look forward to and it’s a great time now to start planning our journey for the World Cup qualifiers and rebuild recharge and put all focus on the up-coming fixtures. As always it’s been more than my pleasure to have served for my country,” Mudimu said.