Friday, August 17, 2018

Willard Katsande And Matthew Rusike Comment On Nyasha Mushekwi's Return To The Warriors Squad After Last Year Ban!


Willard Katsande and Matthew Rusike who were among four senior Zimbabwe Warriors players banned by ZIFA last year for alleged 'in-discipline', have given their opinion on the return of Nyasha Mushekwi to the Warriors set up few months after the quartet were banned from all national duty.

Former Warriors skipper, Willard Katsande (32) ex-vice skipper Cuthbert Malajila (32), Matthew Rusike(28) together with Nyasha Mushekwi (30) were banned from the national team duties for allegedly inciting a protest over non-payment of bonuses in the build-up to the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 hosted in Gabon early last year.

In a surprise U-turn, Mushekwi's name was included in the Warriors provisional squad to face Congo Brazzaville in the upcoming Africa Cup Of Nations 2019 qualifier next month and soca263.com caught up with Katsande and Rusike to hear their opinion on the latest developments.

"I think it’s great that Nyasha is coming back, said Rusike who recently returned to South Africa premiership to join Cape Town City F.C.

"For us it’s about the nation, it’s about football. We all want to represent our beloved Zimbabwe and put the strongest team together possible. It’s unfortunate that other things and football got their wires mixed, it never should have been that way,"said the former Warriors forward.

However, Rusike did not hide his desire and passion to represent his country again if given the opportunity,

" I have Full support and respect for the players picked, Mr Chiyangwa, Mr Omega Sibanda and the rest of the team. I’m sure I speak for myself and Willard (Katsande) that we would be ready to jump at the chance to contribute to our nation again if called on," said Rusike.

  It’s the highest honour that I will work to get back to and hopefully wear the jersey again at a major tournament. For us it’s about the love of our country and the football. No divide will help but together we can achieve. Once a warrior always a warrior, " concludes Rusike who has started the season well at Cape Town City after a disappointing injury that saw him missing out the end part of last season.

Katsande, who is still adamant that he did not do anything wrong prior to the ban, welcomed the decision to return Mushekwi and insist on putting the country first ahead of personal aggrandizements.

"The country comes first before anyone, said the former skipper speaking to soca263.com.

"We have a good team and i wish everyone, everything of the best," said Katsande.

On the possibility of returning to the national team, the Kaizer Chiefs hard-man has no doubt of the commitment he has to the country, but believe he has played his part.

"Helping my country is always good to me, but i don't need to put the technical stuff in a corner of calling me,  nah I ran my race and i enjoyed and I'm proud of it," said Katsande.

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