Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. Aston Villa midfielder Marvellous Nakamba might not make it to the AFCON qualifiers, The Herald reports. The publication came to a speculative conclusion after Aston Villa denied Argentine goalkeeper, Emiliano Martínez, clearance given the tight the UK government COVID-19 containment measures.
Warriors team manager, Welly Mpandare said they will know if Nakamba is coming after the weekend but noted that Martinez was already denied permission to go to his country:
I am still waiting for club’s responses. We are on the UK red list and FIFA has also given the club’s the power to reject the call-ups if the players are going to be affected by quarantine rules upon their return from national duty.
I have been in touch with the players and their clubs, and Nakamba or his club, will inform us of the next move, but Martinez has already been denied permission. Of course, these are key player,s but there is nothing we can do about the situation.
But, nevertheless, the coaches came up with a squad of 30 players. The reason why we have delayed announcing the squad is that we are waiting for the clubs to confirm by weekend. We will announce the squad on Monday or Tuesday, once we have received all the confirmations
Zimbabwe is also among 33 countries that were listed as COVID-19 hot zones by the British government as they discouraged their citizens from visiting ZImbabwe.
Zimbabwe is expected to play Botswana on 25 march 2021 and it needs a draw or in to qualify for the next.
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