27 December 2016
MARITZBURG United player Blessing “Bisto” Moyo looks set to be ruled out of the 2017 AFCON finals unless the Warriors medical team comes up with a different opinion.
H-Metro understands that the former Dynamos and Harare City player picked an ankle injury in his last game and his club recommended he is not fit to be part of the Warriors squad set for Gabon 2017 in the coming days.
Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who was Sunday in Cote D’lvoire guiding a team made up of mostly local-based players, must announce the final 23 from a provisional 31 by January 3.
Bisto’s angle injury, according to his club, will not then be healed and if he is to be included in the team, Pasuwa will be banking on last minute recovery before the Algeria clash.
“The club recommended that he be given time to recover after picking up that injury. The days that he will need to recover, if the Warriors are to adhere to that, means he may not be part of the whole preparation process.
“So what will happen is that the national team will have to do their own medical tests as well because they also have a number of medical reports for other players from different clubs. The final say will be made by the Warriors doctors,” said an insider.
Asked for comment, the player referred all questions to Warriors manager Sharif Mussa.
“I think you will have to talk to the manager. But I’m back in the country,” he said.
Bisto has largely been used as cover for Hardlife Zvirekwi for the right back position. He played in the Warriors last AFCON group qualifier against Guinea – a dead rubber.
At Maritzburg the young player has been converted to play the holding role. If he is officially ruled out of AFCON, it will give a chance to AS VITA Oscar Machapa to be in the final squad.
Machapa was given a chance in the last international friendly against Tanzania at National Sports Stadium when he came in from the bench. He is part of the provisional squad of 31.
The majority of Zimbabwe’s foreign-based players arrived in the country over the weekend to kick-start serious preparartions for the AFCON finals. Bisto is already in the country for the Christmas break and Warriors camp.
Zimbabwe will face Algeria in their first group match on January 15 at Stade de Franceville.
Senegal will be next on January 19 at the same stadium before the Warriors complete the group matches against Tunisia on January 23 at Stade de l’Amitié.