Mushekwi knocking on Warriors door

Farirayi Kahwemba

China-based Zimbabwe international Nyasha Mushekwi is turning out to be one of the most potent strikers in the Chinese Super League for the 2023 season.

The 36-year-old former CAPS United and Mamelodi Sundowns player has now taken his tally to 14 league goals in 23 matches and is now joint second on the scoring charts.

Mushekwi, who plays for Zhejiang Professional, has scored the same number of league goals as Wu Lei of Shangai Port.

The performance of the Zimbabwean international makes for a very strong case for his inclusion in the Warriors team that will take part in the 2026 FIFA World Cup African Qualifiers from November.

As things stand, Mushekwi is the top scorer among all the Zimbabweans plying their trade beyond the borders of Zimbabwe.

That the veteran striker has also scored more goals than the current leading marksman in the local topflight enhances his chances of being included in the Warriors team that will take part in the qualifiers.

In an interview with Review & Mail, former Warriors striker Alois Bunjira said the next coach of the Zimbabwe national team must cast his net wider when selecting his squad for the upcoming qualifiers.

Bunjira – a prolific scorer during his playing days at CAPS United, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns – said players who were performing well must not be overlooked when it comes to selection for national duty.

“We need experienced players to be included in the team because we will be playing against South Africa and Nigeria.

“These are two very experienced teams, they have both been at the world cup, so we also need to field our best team of players so that we have a good chance of qualifying for the world cup,” Bunjira said.

Zimbabwe has been admitted back into international football after FIFA lifted a 17 month ban that was imposed on the country after it was found guilty of political interference.

“We have spent a long time outside international football and we have to look to blend in our international players with the local ones so that we have a balanced team,” Bunjira observed.

The ZIFA normalisation committee running the affairs of Zimbabwean football is due to appoint a coach to take charge of the Warriors soon.
The committee is also in the process of arranging friendly matches with either Zambia or Malawi as they look to shift the country’s preparations for the world cup qualifiers into top gear.

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