The warriors need a replacement of Knowledge Musona, who limped off with a minor hamstring tear nine minutes into the group B opener against Algeria on Sunday.

That Tendai Ndoro on current form is the ideal choice of replacement is quite a no brainer. The 31 year old is in his best form for club Orlando Pirates, a feat which the warriors should capitalise on.

He’s also the reigning South African Absa Premier Soccer League scorer with 11 goals in 13 appearances. He has also scored five goals in two appearances for Buccaneers in the Nedbank Cup.

Ndoro has netted 22 goals in all competitions, and no other player in the Absa premiership has scored more goals in the 2016 calendar year.

It is not only logical but discreet for the Pirates man to spearhead the Warriors attack against Senegal on Thursday, in the quest for a vital win in a do or die contest against the backdrop of a poor result in the group B opener against Algeria.

Tendai Ndoro has good stats on endurance, distance covered and sprints per 90 minutes which would likely come in handy for the Warriors in counter attack retaliations against a high tempo, confidence oozing Sadio Mané inspired Senegal.

His ball distribution upfront ranks higher than his compatriots, Cuthbert Malajila and Matthew Rusike. He also has the physicality to contend with the Senegalese defensive duo of Kara Mbodji and Kalidou Koulibaly.

 

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