LIFELINE FOR MUKOMBWE
6 November 2017
BLACK Rhinos right back Jameson Mukombwe is happy with another Warriors call up ahead of two friendlies against Lesotho and Namibia.
The Warriors are expected to start serious preparations today for the Lesotho match on November 8 while the Namibia clash is set for November 11.
Both matches are away.
But it is Mukombwe who has received a new lease of life, having suffered a heartbreak when his chance with the team that won the Castle Cosafa cup went up in smoke.
He was injured and a chance to show what he is made of had gone to waste.
“It was painful at that time but it is now water under the bridge. I have had to focus again on helping my club.
“I feel hounoured to have been given another chance with the Warriors. It is every player’s wish to be part of the national team and I want to try and do my best,” Mukombwe told H-Metro.
After his little contribution at Cosafa, Mukombwe had to be content with nursing himself on the sidelines and he never really got fully fit to make any meaningful contribution.
On return, when the Warriors were taking part in the CHAN qualifiers, he had to prove he was better than other players and Praise Tonha played the rightback in the return leg against Namibia.
A lot of things have changed since then.
Sunday Chidzambwa, who was coach for both Cosafa and CHAN, has taken a back seat while Wilson Mutekede is in charge for the friendly matches.
Mutekede last week told H-Metro that they were trying to increase the options for future national team coaches by giving other players they think have potential, a chance.
“I believe this is a big chance for me to be included in a team with so many quality players. I’m ready to join, play my normal game and see what happens,” Mukombwe said.
Captain Knowledge Musona will link up with the rest of the team in Johannesburg along with Marvelous Nakamba.
The rest of the team, which include Tendai Darikwa and Admiral Muskwe, are also expected to join the rest of the squad in Harare today.
The Warriors will travel to Lesotho with 18 players and come back to Harare after that game, with possibility they will pick up reinforcements before flying to Namibia.
They will then return for the Barcelona legends match set for November 12 at the National Sports Stadium.
Given the time period and number of matches, Mukombwe could get a chance in one way or the other.
On Saturday, the right back was in action as Black Rhinos drew 1-1 with Shabanie at Morris Depot.
“It was very disappointing that we let Shabanie back into the game when we had taken the lead. We created a lot of chances but we couldn’t take advantage. It has been a similar case through-out the season and the score lines do not reflect the strength of our team,” he said.