Harare - Zimbabwe Warriors coach Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic is a worried man, for many reasons than one.
The Croat tactician had to rely on those with institutional memory of local players, including former and current coaches to come up with his provisional troops for the African Nations Championships (CHAN).
He would ideally have wanted to watch them in competitive action before deciding who to pick but that is a luxury he knew he couldn’t afford before even touching down in Harare after his appointment over a month ago.
The Zimbabwean premiership season will only start right at the same time the biannual 21-day-long CHAN tournament kicks off in Cameroon on April 4.
The 16-team fiesta is exclusively designed for players plying their trade in their respective local leagues but the fact that it is not recognised by the world football mother body, FIFA, is also some source of even more complications for Logarusic.
With the local premiership season only starting late this month, top-flight clubs will only allow two players to go to Cameroon.
Premier Soccer League chief, Kenny Ndebele, told The Southern Times that action will continue while CHAN is in progress saying it was up to those teams with more than two players called into the squad to allow them to go to Cameroon.
“The Premier Soccer League season is starting in a matter of weeks. It will be running at the same time the CHAN tournament will be taking place. We will not be shelving any games as this is not a FIFA recognised tournament. So it is up to the teams who have three or more players called into the national team to withdraw some,” said Ndebele.
“The league will be running and there is no reason why a certain club will ask for any excuses.”
Teams like giants Dynamos, Ngezi, Highlanders and FC Platinum have more than two players each in the provisional squad and they will have to decide whether to withdraw some or not depending on their depths.
With this hurdle already erected on the path of Logarusic, the rusty players whom he has called will only be under his watch for 10 days from March 8-18.
Loga will be taking the senior squad to Algeria where the Warriors have an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying date against Algeria on March 23 in Algiers.
He will have to continue monitoring the senior team as Zimbabwe host the Algerians six days later.
After that match scheduled for March 31, Loga will be taking the CHAN squad straight to Cameroon for the biannual fiesta.
Zimbabwe provisional squad
Xolani Ndlovu (Chicken Inn), Qadr Amini (Ngezi), Frank Makarati (Ngezi), Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders), Liberty Chakoroma (Chicken Inn) Ian Nekati (Chicken Inn), Rapheal Muduviwa (FC Platinum)
Malon Mushonga (Ngezi), Moses Muchenje (Harare City), Devon Chafa (Ngezi), Trevor Mavhunga (Triangle), Kelvin Madzongwe (FC Platinum), Phenias Bamusi (CAPS Utd), Juan Mutudza (Dynamos), King Nadolo (Dynamos), Wellington Taderera (Ngezi), Ishmael Wadi (CAPS Utd), Valentine Kadonzvo(Chicken Inn), William Manondo (Harare City), Kelvin Chibunyu (Cranborne Bullets)
Prince Dube (Highlanders), Obriel Chirinda (Chicken Inn), Stanley Ngala (FC Platinum)