warriors2 zim.jpgThe bulk of the Warriors players called to begin preparations for the crunch African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia, have finally reported for camp after taking part in premier league mid-week fixtures with their respective clubs.    


The battle to impress interim Zimbabwe national soccer team coach, Norman Mapeza, is now in full throttle with the bulk of locally-based players named in a provisional squad of 36 having finally reported for duty.


Players such as Motor Action’s in-form midfielder, Allan Gahadzikwa and his club team mates Bhekimpilo Ncube, Charles Sibanda and Maxwell Nyamupangedengu were among those seeking to impress the technical committee.


Warriors’ assistant coach, Joey Antipas expressed satisfaction with his team’s preparations.


“Today was the first day. We have 23 players that were called due to the PSL mid-week fixtures and now we are at least happy about having the 23 and we are trying to work on various things with the players,” Antipas said.


On the logic of calling 23 players in the domestic league despite knowing that the majority of them will be dropped in favour of foreign-based players, Antipas said these form the base of the national team.


“The locally based players definitely are a good base for the Warriors, so looking at the Warriors we have got the Chan tournament which is for locally based players only. This is more of an assessment of our local based players,” added Antipas.


The 23 locally based players called into camp, will be joined by 13 foreign based players expected to jet into the country on Tuesday next week for the crunch AFCON qualifier with Liberia in Monrovia on 4 September.