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Zimbabwe's striker Musona doubtful for Egypt tie

Zimbabwe's coach Pagels hopes that his striker Musona will be fit in time for Egypt test

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 8 Jun 2013
Knowledge Musona
Zimbabwe's Roderick Mutuma (top) celebrates with teammate Knowledge Musona after Musona scored against Egypt during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium", west of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, 230 km (143 miles) north of Cairo, March 26, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Zimbabwe's striker Knowledge Musona is doubtful for Sunday's home World Cup qualifier against Egypt due to injury.

According to local media in Zimbabwe, the Hoffenheim player didn't take part in Friday's training session due to a hamstring problem, but there is still a hope he could appear against the Pharaohs.

"Musona didn’t train today [Friday]. He has problems with his hamstring and we thought it was better to give him a rest, but he will be in good shape for the match and hopefully we can use him," Zimbabwe's coach, Klaus Deiter Pagels was quoted as saying by Newsday online newspaper.

Zimbabwe will host Egypt Sunday in Harare in the fourth matchday of World Cup qualifiers Group G.

Egypt snatched a late win against the Warriors in the previous game in March in Alexandria, thanks to a converted in the 88th minute to hand the Pharaohs a 2-1 win.

Musona, who scored his country's only goal in that match, hopes he will be fit for tomorrow's tie to ease the mission of his German coach, who is already missing striker Simba Sithole out on knee injury.

"Yes, I injured my hamstring when I was sprinting during warm-up. I felt I had to stop and the team doctor advised me to take a rest," the 22-year-old attacker explained.

"I knew if I started running and shooting, it would only make it worse. I’m confident. It’s nothing serious, though and will be ready come Sunday," he added.

The Pharaohs are leading Group G with nine points while Zimbabwe lie at the bottom of the group with only one.

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