Mambare to captain warriors in a friendly with Zambia

Gabon Tragedy

HIGHLANDERS captain Masimba Mambare will captain the Warriors when they face Zambia in a friendly international to mark 20 years after the Gabon Air Disaster at Independence Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.

Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels handed the armband to Mambare in the absence of Warriors captain Denver Mukamba for this match open only to local-based players.

Harare City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu will deputize Mambare.

“Mambare has shown that he has leadership qualities hence the decision to give him the armband for this match. We hope he will guide the boys well on the pitch,” Pagels said.

The Warriors arrived in Lusaka on Friday night and were expected to conduct a training session on Saturday before Sunday’s showdown Pagels said he is taking the match seriously as he tries to craft a squad to compete in the upcoming Cosafa and Chan tournaments.

“We are not taking anything lightly. We respect this match which I will use to assess players for the Cosafa and Chan. This is an ongoing process of building a competitive side for the future,” he said.

The match would be played to commemorate the 20th anniversary since an entire Zambian team perished in an air crash 500m off the Gabon coast in 1993 in an incident regarded as the darkest day of Zambian football.

Zambia has also assembled a team predominantly composed of local players.