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Knowledge Musona out of Zimbabwe's Afcon qualifier against Mali

Posted: 2 June 2011 Time: 15:04

Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona is likely to miss Zimbabwe’s crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali at Rufaro Stadium this weekend.

'The Smiling Assassin' has a knee ligament strain.

Zimbabwe host Mali at Rufaro Stadium in their capital Harare on Sunday, but media reports from that country, which have been confirmed by Warriors coach Norman Mapeza, say the PSL 2010/11 top scorer sat out training for the second day on Wednesday and remains doubtful for the match, which Zimbabwe must win to have any hope of making the trip to Equatorial Guinea/Gabon next year.

“Musona did not train at the match venue on Wednesday because of the knee problem and we are not sure if he will be fit to play on Sunday,” says Mapeza, adding that the developments are disturbing to his preparations.

“It is sad that he did not train, but we hope that he will be fit on Sunday. Should he fail to recover, we will have to adopt another plan.”

The Zimbabwe national team’s physiotherapist, Farai Muguwe, tells the country’s media that Musona’s injury – a ligament strain – is sensitive, leading to a need for a rest.

Another Zimbabwean hitman plying his trade in the PSL, Nyasha Mushekwi of Mamelodi Sundowns, who sat out training on Tuesday, is said to be back on the field but still struggling.

The two strikers are key in Mapeza’s attacking options, with Ajax Cape Town’s Khama Billiat expected to play behind them and provide the third attacking option, should the duo recover in time to start the game.

Winless Zimbabwe are third on the log in Group A with two points, five off surprise leaders Cape Verde and a point above Liberia, who anchor the group.

Previous comments on this story...

isaac senyolo
posted: 03:09 pm
good luck to the warriors we need more represantation from the sothern africa
posted: 03:32 pm
@Senyolo!Thanx mate,our southern African teams need to step up!This Zim team has talent & on Sunday they will cheered to the end.Musona will play & thats not a doubt,besides Mushweki has proved himself with the goals in the PSL!The General will be there to frustrate Keita if he shows up at all!Khama should prove a worrisome lot for the Malian eagles as an attacking midfielder!!SUNDAY HARARE IS ABUZZ!!GOODLUCK TO OUR WORRIORS!!GOODLUCK TOO TO BAFANA-BAFANA,BUT THE EGYPTIANS ARE AS CRAZY AS HELL!
The Chewer AKA Mgugudi
posted: 04:51 pm
The guy is not injured but hungry, period.
posted: 05:28 pm

He still does n't beieve his pay slip as compared to Mushweki, Msowoya, Chansa and Otorogo. Musona is stressed finish and klaar.

I mean R7500 for all the hard work, mara u Bobby udlala ngeShangane lenkosi. Nalo shame ligijima ngathi liyahlanya for all this.
posted: 07:55 pm
Waste of space. Gone are the days when people supported tribal teams. please dont bring the rest of Southern Africa into the mix. To be frank Zimbabwe is not at all represenative of the demographics of the country or even talent. Compare to South Africa where White, xhosa,coloured sotho zulu tsonga etc are adequately represented since time immemorial. England has black and white so is brazil etc. Zimbabwe is merely Zanu Shona warriors to be frank. To mention a few, where is Musawenkosi Mguni, Lucky Mkosana, Joseph Ngwenya(3 weeks ago he was man of the match against Ajax Amsterdam). Could mention 10 more players but its waste of space to even give an opinion on this deliberate cancer. If people fail to govern a jewel wat else cud be expected of them. Look at cricket they chased whites put shona, rugby the same, tennis the same, diving the same, farms the same, football the same. Fools fools fools if not devils
posted: 08:12 pm
don b tribal brethren....all th zapu ndebele pple re workin in th restaurants...robbers at park station...go warriors go
posted: 08:27 pm
to hell with u hlehonolo. Zimbabwe is always represented with talent. They have a young team which they are trying to build around musona, khama and the way i have seen their under 20s and 23s hey they are a marvell to watch and if that team is from one tribe let it be coz that's what dacream. Everytime u come here to cry about tribe go and dip your ten time in Limpopo and the zimbabweans built a good team. The journey might be long but soon they will get there, don't think they are stupid like u.U sound like a tribal leader man..where u from, i guess u are not a southafrican man. So if u don't have anything to say jus shut it. We love u Zim
posted: 08:40 pm
pliz mr editor put my comment back y did u remove it, did i use any bad language. U should have removed lehlohonolo's comment not mine anyway now i know who u are. So pliz Mr Ncube put my comment back for everyone to see it. Do look down on your country mate to be where u are today u got your education there. So grow up
posted: 08:41 pm
that's funny u just put it back after i complained eeish u
posted: 09:24 am
mr editor,why u did not publish my responce to Lehlohonolo's arrogance!!Biased against Ziboz responding hee?
posted: 09:29 am
King your obsession with Chiefs and their players is be boring now. Don't you have anything that make sense to say because whatever comes out of your smelly mouth is shit. Musona earn more than all those rejects combined and maybe Mushekwi come closer to his salary. We all know that Mushekwi and his other Zimbabweans at Sundowns were bought on bargain. As for Ortorogu, Msowoya and Chansa is bullshit to suggest their earn more than Musona. To show that your team Pirates have no respect to their players, they have a special award in their awards ceremony for R100 000, 00 to be shared by six players. What is that and how much should one of those players get? I guess each one of them will get less than R15 000. Your boss also alluded to the fact that Pirates did not pay bonuses to players before hence the decision to put aside R17 million from their suprise treble success for players to share. Pirates treble success was a shock to players, technical staff, supporters and even Khoza himself because you are not used to winning so many trophies in one season. It is good that you are following in Chiefs footsteps after their won the Bp Top Eight, Coca Cola Cup and African Cup Winners Cup in the 2001 season and came second in the league.
posted: 09:36 am
Thank you for your comments Zuma. I am from Gwanda, Matebeleland residing in the USA(Harvard University, Aero-Electrics Phd-that is for Sydney)If talent means being ranked 120 or under 23 talent means losing 5-o to Nigeria or Ghana. By the way a Nigerian friend of mine here, once asked me if there is a football national team in Zimbabwe-told me if there was they would beat them 15-nil-imagine the nerve. The last time he heard of one was the dream team. What I could say is they hired a national team coach whose highest qualifications is to coach under 14. He asked why, I said what can you expect of a country without a currency or a 90year old president. He asked again why they hired the coach- I had to swallow my pride and say because the coach was Shona after explaining Zimbabwean politics he only exclaimed, No Wonder!
posted: 09:49 am
So absolutely below average! If a team is lodged almost last in a group with liberia, cape verde, mali, sychelles and its fans adore it shows how mediocre they are. Even Mwaruwari had to forcibly retire coz he was never wanted-belonging to the wrong people. It only took a Matebeleland captain to have them qualify for AFCON. Fact. despite that it was a backdoor(best-loser). As for the restaurant Ndebele myth in South Africa. Mtheli Ncube-Head Wits business school, Keith Dabengwa head MTN, Nkululeko Mathe Phd Physics(NCRF),Dr Bhekinkosi Sibanda, Frank Khumalo to mention a few. Kwaito artists quite a number. By the way you will never even if you wish be able to break the umbilical chord that ties Matebeleland to South Africa. Matebeleland is made up of (sotho, venda, xhosa, nguni, tsonga-with roots from SA and other indigenous group) That is why you see Luthuli born there went to head ANC, or Nkobi. The ties do not begin in 1999 with the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy. they are in the blood. Please pay some fees for the brief history lesson.
Kekana KC
posted: 10:14 am
Mr Editor do not block responses to your Lehlohonolo pseudonym. WATEVER YOU DO REMEMBER CHEAP POLITICS. NXA.
To hell with Pierats!!
posted: 10:16 am

Stay there in USA you crap thinker. Taking us back 2 the Stone Age. Shonas are smart . You cant take tht away from them. Fake name.
posted: 10:41 am
@lehlohonolo man i agree with u this team is below average full of shonas even if he recovers it wont make a difference he is cHIVs material nt international material. Up the bucs until cHIVs increase musona's salary 4m R3 750.
posted: 12:20 pm
Pierre; you are so right. In 2001 Chiefs could only come second on the log. Now, Pirates won the championship, Nedbank and MTN top 8. Cant you see the difference?? If you cant i do not blame you. Just like Chips striker, Musona, you are blind. Zimbab2we can do without this overarted player, whoc could only score goals because the defenders had not yet adopted to his style. He is an below average striker not worth the space!!
posted: 12:25 pm
Sosha is pirates da first team to win 3 cups in psl?
posted: 12:34 pm
posted: 03:07 pm
F***Your PHD OK!!There is no bias regarding the selection of players in the warriors team!I have said so earlier if it was not for the editor who sensored my response to your shallow contribution.Joseph Ngwenya went to USA,of which it takes 3 days incuding rest after a flight to get him ready for an international match.Vitalis Takawira suffered the same fate when he signed for Kansas Wizards cause of the dreadfull distance.Madinda was given the job earlier this year & chose an entirely Shona first eleven,but he is a Matebele by birth.Highlanders even after hiring the Egyptian coach last season where not the Bosso we so adored,they are only waking up from that slumber this season therefore the talent is just not there.If u so admire SA,change your Citizen & see if we lose sleep!A**H**E..
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