Warriors and Dynamos captain, Ocean Mushure, has been ruled out of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) 2018 qualifier clash against Namibia in Harare on Sunday with an injury.
The Warriors of Zimbabwe will miss the services of the 32-year-old veteran full back as they take on the Brave Warriors of Namibia in a do-or-die second leg qualifier after having lost 1-0 in the first leg away in Windhoek last weekend.
“Ocean [Mushure] is out, he’s injured, he’s got a swollen knee and he won’t make it,” Warriors head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, told journalists at a Warriors training session at Yadah complex this morning.
Mushure was injured in the first leg clash in Namibia and has looked hopeless to recover from the injury ahead of the crucial return leg tie.
The three time Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Cup winning coach has named Yadah FC centre back and former CAPS United vice-captian, Dennis Dauda, as the new captain ahead of the weekend.
“We have chosen Dauda as the new captain of this encounter,” said Chidzambwa.
Meanwhile, midfielder, Gerald Takwara, who enjoyed a good COSAFA tournament recently, is also out of the second leg qualifier with a flu while former FC Platinum forward, Talent Chawapiwa, has left for his new ABSA premiership club, Baroka FC.
Replacements for all the injured players are already in place with the Warriors having their first full squad training session after the Namibia clash today.
“I think we have chosen equally good players for those that are injured. If you look at Gerald Takwara, we have replaced him with Simon Munawa, and we also have brought in Milton Ncube and we have recalled Honest Moyo who is available at the moment because he didn’t travel to South Africa as he had intended.
“So I think we have equally good players for those who are injured,” said Chidzambwa.