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2022 WCQ: Defender Darikwa pulls out of Zimbabwe squad to host Ghana

Zimbabwe defender Tendayi Darikwa has withdrawn from the Warriors squad ahead of Tuesday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying reverse fixture against Ghana in Harare due to a family emergency.

The 29-year-old Wigan Athletic captain was a starter in the Warriors team which lost 3-1 to the Black Stars at Cape Coast Sports Stadium last Saturday.

However, the experienced defender will not make the trip to Harare for the second of the back-to-back encounters after travelling to England on Sunday due to family commitments.

The Warriors technical team has confirmed that Darikwa has been replaced by Zambia-based right-back Takudzwa Chimwemwe for the encounter scheduled for the National Sports Stadium.

Darikwa played the full game for Zimbabwe and was at fault for Ghana’s second goal scored by Thomas Partey.

While Darikwa will be unavailable, the other England-based players Marvellous Nakamba, Jordan Zemura and Brendan Galloway have been cleared to travel to Harare for Zimbabwe was removed from the COVID-19 red-list countries by the UK authorities.

The 3-1 defeat to Ghana all-but ended Zimbabwe’s slim hopes of advancing to the final round of the African qualifiers.

The Warriors – who will be playing for national pride on Tuesday – are still on their way back home and are expected to land in Harare Monday afternoon via a commercial flight.

Ghana, meanwhile are already in Zimbabwe awaiting their hosts after flying into the Southern African nation with a chartered plane on Sunday.

 

 

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