BY FORTUNE MBELE
The Warriors’ technical team expects to announce the provisional squad for the two Group G World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next month after discovering the extent of injuries to forwards Khama Billiat and Terrence Dzvukamanja.
Team manager Wellington Mpandare has told NewsDay Sport that they are waiting on medical reports for the two South African based stars.
Billiat suffered a knock while Dzukamanja is carrying an ankle injury.
Kaizer Chiefs attacker, Billiat, missed the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia as he nursed a leg injury.
Mpandare yesterday he is yet to get a report on Billiat from his club Kaizer Chiefs while Orlando Pirates’ Dzvukamanja also awaits feedback from a physician.
“We are still waiting on Kaizer Chiefs to give us his (Billiat) medical report. It looks like they are seeking a second opinion. Their doctor had promised to come back to tell us the extent of Billiat’s injury but he has not. All we know is he was kicked twice on the same position as in January. Terrence (Dzvukamanja) also has a problem; he is carrying an ankle injury and he is waiting for a physician to give him an update,” Mpandare said.
He said without updates, he could not announce the provisional squad as he has to make sure everyone who is called up is fit.
Mpandare said coach Zdravko Logarušić is expected back in the country on May 11.
“The coach was supposed to come on Saturday so that we can hold a press conference but we have said he can come back on May 11. I will release the provisional squad this week. I have to make one or two consultations. One of the things that have delayed us in announcing the squad is the injury updates on Khama and Dzvukamanja. We want to announce when we are certain of their conditions. We don’t want a situation where we announce a team today and the next day we are making changes. We want to make sure that those that are fit are available,” Mpandare said.
Mpandare said with the game against South Africa being played next month, the Warriors’ coaches will still monitor the local players for consideration as football returns with a tournament on May 15.