The Zimbabwe national senior soccer team has been boosted by the arrival of defender, Onismor Bhasera and midfielder, Archiford Gutu who attended the teamâ€™s afternoon training session at Rufaro Stadium this Thursday.
Bhasera flew in from England with Gutu arriving from Sweden to bolster the depleted squad that only had 11 players in camp on Wednesday.
With footballers playing in the local league, South African based Abbas Amidu and Botswanaâ€™s duo of Mandla Sibanda and Arnold Chaka already in camp, the arrival of Gutu and Bhasera increased the number of players to 13.Â
While there are fears that inadequate preparations could hinder Zimbabweâ€™s chances against Burundi, national under 23 coach, Peter Ndlovu, who has been working closely with head coach, Rahman Gumbo and his assistant David Mandigora, expressed satisfaction with the teamâ€™s preparations.
With the Asiagate scandal limiting options for Gumbo, Ndlovu ruled out inexperience as an excuse for a bad result against Burundi, pointing out that available players should do the job.
While Ndlovu took questions from the media, Rahman Gumbo declined to comment.
South African based players such as Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe Nengomasha, Tapuwa Kapini and Terrence Mandaza, who are tied up due to club commitments, will only be available after turning out for their various teams this weekend.
Also yet to arrive in the country is Mussa Mnguni and Dickson Choto.
Europeâ€™s trio of Knowledge Musona, Vusa Nyoni and Noel Kaseke will fly directly to Bujumbura for the preliminary AFCON match set for the 29th of this month.