Pagels looks to Europe
With 2014 World Cup qualifying duties approaching in March, national team coach Klaus Dieter Pagels wants to have a closer look at the country’s Europe-based players.
For now the main players from Europe who have featured for the Warriors are Archford Gutu, former Kaizer Chiefs hitman Knowledge Musona and Ovid Kalulu.
Now the coach wants to give a chance to players like Quincy Antipas and Bradley Pritchard as he prepares for the qualifiers and beyond.
Pagels told supersport.com that he wants to forge together a competitive squad, that includes influences from home, neighbouring South Africa – where many Zimbabwean footballers ply their trade – and overseas, primarily in Europe.
“We want to build a strong team together and that’s why I want to give more European-based players a chance,” said Pagels.
“Our philosophy will be on the European kind of football and since they are playing there they understand it better. That’s doesn’t mean we will over look the local players. They will be the core of the team. We just want that mixture of both local, South Africa and Europe-based players,” explained the German, who was handed the managerial reins in November last year.