By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Turkey-based Zimbabwe Warriors defender, Teenage Hadebe has revealed his availability for the two crucial AFCON qualifier matches set to be played late next month, the player has confirmed.
The 25-year-old defender told this reporter that he will feature for the national team duty, though he is not yet aware of his arrival date.
“I am readily available for next months’ AFCON qualifier matches, definitely coming for these games.
Thank God I am among the 38-man squad that coach Loga selected last week,” the defender said.
He also added, “We will work hard together as a team and give it all, for us to secure a place at the 2023 AFCON tournament.”
Hadebe started in both games during the Warrior’s back-to-back AFCON qualifiers against Algeria, last year in November.
The former Kaizer Chiefs man has been a regular player for the Warriors since he made his debut in 2016 at the COSAFA Cup tournament.
Hadebe’s impressive performance at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt, helped him secure a move to Amakhosi in the then ABSA premiership league in South Africa.
Before he moved to the Turkish side, Yeni Malatyaspor in 2019.
The tall defender’s availability for the qualifiers is a boost to the 56-year-old Warriors tactician’s squad, whose camp is mounted by injuries.
Last week, the former Sudanese national team gaffer, told ZIFA that he named an enlarged 38-man squad because more than 10 of the selected players are in doubt, Notable key players like Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, and Marshal Munetsi are reportedly injured.
Meanwhile, the good news for the Croat is that Warriors’ skipper, Musona, might be available as he featured for 70 minutes at his Belgian side’s 2 nil victory, yesterday.
Still in limbo are the United Kingdom and the United States-based players, following the government’s imposed Covid-19 travel regulations that may lead to their absence.
Zimbabwe will play Botswana away on March 25 before hosting Zambia four days after.
If they manage to qualify to the 2023 finals, it will be their fourth appearance at the continent’s most prestigious tournament and a historical second consecutive time.