The arrival of free scoring German based striker, Knowledge Musona, is a major boost for Zimbabwe’s Brave Warriors as they take on Angola in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Harare on Sunday, kick-off at 3pm CAT.
The first leg of the Southern African derby between Angola and Zimbabwe will decide progress for one of the region’s countries to the 2013 African Nations Cup finals in nearby South Africa.
Angola will be seeking to reach the finals for a fifth successive tournament while Zimbabwe have only previously played in the 2004 and 2006 finals.
Zimbabwe advanced to the second round of the qualifiers after edging out Burundi on away goals following a 2-1 loss away and a 1-0 victory at home courtesy of a strike by the former Kaizer Chiefs striker Musona.
The ‘Sable Antelopes’ are already preparing in South Africa ahead of Sunday’s first leg, which will be held in Harare, with a squad that includes seven players from clubs in Europe.
There is a return for Nando Rafael, who is in the Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf, and the attack will again be led by Manucho and Djalma Camps, recently sold by FC Porto to Turkey.
Zimbabwe hopes will rest on their German-based striker Knowledge Musona, who has withdrawn his threat to quit the national team in the wake of being accused by officials of being involved in possible match fixing.
The accusation was withdrawn and apologies made to the 21-year-old, who is the country’s best known current player.
Other players from Europe in the squad are Quincy Antipas, Onismor Bhasera, Noel Maseke, Vusa Nyoni and Archford Gutu.
But Romania-based striker Mike Temwanjira is out because of injury.
The second leg will be played in Luanda on the weekend of October 12-14.