Nakamba blow for Warriors

by | Aug 25, 2021 | Sport | 0 comments

Alex Ndhlovu

Clubs in the English Premier League have agreed not to release players for the forthcoming international football window, especially who come from countries that are on the Covid-19 red list.

England’s laws requires that a returning citizen from red listed country be quarantined for 10 days.
Zimbabwe is among countries that are on England’s Covid-19 red list.

This means that the country will not have midfielder Marvellous Nakamba, who plays for Aston Villa when it faces South Africa in Harare next month for the 2022 World Cup qualifier.

EPL clubs agreed not to release players, over fears that this may have a negative effect on player fitness after ten days of quarantine.
The clubs were also skeptical of the prospect of players missing two Premier League matches, UEFA and EFL Cup matches.

“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month,” a league statement said.

The move move has seen the Warriors technical department delaying to name their Squad for SA and Ethiopia matches.
A host of Warriors players plies their trade in England and there are fears that if the lower leagues adopt the same strategy, the regular Warriors squad may be affected in structure.

Other players who may end up being affected are Tendai Darikwa (Wigan Athletic), Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth), Brendon Galloway (Argyle) and Admiral Muskwe (Luton town).