Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
SENEGALESE referees will be in charge of the Warriors’ Total African Nations Cup Group G qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia on Sunday.
Maguette Ndiaye (32) will blow the whistle in this crucial tie and will be assisted by his fellow country men Djibril Camara and El Hadji Malick Samba.
Alioune Sow Sandigui was assigned as the fourth official. The Senegalese referee along with his two assistants were recently in charge of an African Champions League semi-final match between Primeiro de Augosto of Angola and Esperance de Tunis of Tunisia.
Meanwhile, Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela, who travelled as the advance party to Liberia, described the weather conditions in the West African nation as hot and humid.
Gwesela, a Caf certified match co-ordinator, expressed satisfaction with accommodation facilities where the Warriors will be staying.
“It’s a five star hotel, one of the best here in Monrovia and I can confidently say I am happy with what I have seen so far, both in terms of the accommodation facilities as well as the reception from our hosts. They have been very co-oporative and so far so good,” said Gwesela.
The Zimbabwean delegation was expected to touch down in Monrovia yesterday evening and today are set to have their first training session at the match venue, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
Head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, who is being assisted by Rahman Gumbo and Lloyd Mutasa, needs to just push the boys to avoid a defeat against the Lone Stars and seal their place at the continental finals in Cameroon next year with a game to spare.
Although they are likely to face a very hostile crowd, the Warriors have shown that they can stand their own even on enemy territory as they are yet to lose a match in the qualifiers. They shocked pre-qualifiers favourites Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 in Kinshasa while holding Congo Brazzaville to a one all draw in Brazzaville.
Zimbabwe and Liberia have met on three occasions before with the Warriors recording two identical 3-0 wins while the inaugural encounter in 2010 away ended 1-1.
Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City) Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs)
Defenders: Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids) Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic) Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs) Kevin Moyo (FC Platinum), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates)
Midfielders: Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Talent Chawapihwa (Baroka), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Khama Billiat (Kaizer
Chiefs), Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Rodwell Chinyengetere (FC Platinum)
Strikers: Evans Rusike (SuperSport United) Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows) Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC).