ZIMBABWE will have to wait longer to see teenage midfield sensation Jonah Fabisch in action after his mother pulled him out of the Under-23 team in unclear circumstances.
Fabisch was expected to lead Zimbabwe Under-23 national football team’s attack in the final round of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on September 6.
Insiders told Zim Morning Post that Fabisch’s mother, Chawada, cited exams as the reason for the teenager’s unavailability.
“The reason given was he was attending exams but what was not clear was that they had earlier accepted the call up which was a confirmation that he was available,” said an impeccable insider who declined to be named as they do not have authority to speak to the media.
“What may also have antoginised the player’s parent was Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA)’s failure to provide the player with a travel plan on time which caused uncertainty.”
Fabisch who plays for Hamburger SV and has featured for Germany’s U19s is the son of the late former national team coach Reinhard and is eligible to feature for the country as his mother is Zimbabwean.
Zimbabwe Under-23 football team coach Tonderai Ndiraya called up Fabisch along with three other foreign based players in a 27-man provisional squad.
The three in goalkeeper Martin Mapisa (Velez CF), defender Abubakar Moffat (Velez CF) and FK Igman’s Romario Matova all made the final 18.
Zimbabwe needed a late rally to beat Mozambique 2-0 in the penultimate AFCON qualifier through goals from substitutes Delic Murimba and Obriel Murimba.
It appears that performance has inspired a change of heart from the former Ngezi Platinum coach who has now gravitated towards local based players for this make-or-break encounter.
Eliminating South Africa and playing at the AFCON finals in Egypt will give Zimbabwe a chance to fight for one of the three berths reserved for African nations at the 2020 Olympics.
The match will be played over two legs, the first taking place on September 6 away while the return is set for Barbourfields stadium on September 10.
Final 18: Goalkeepers
Martin Mapisa(Velez CF) Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum)
Emmanuel Jalai (Dynamos) Abubakar Moffat (Velez CF) Tawanda Chisi (Dynamos) Shadreck Nyahwa (Bulawayo Chiefs) Romario Matova(FK Igman) Douglas Nyaupembe.
Juan Mutudza(Herentals) Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City) Blessing Sarupinda(Caps United)Hagiazo Magaya (FC Platinum)Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah Stars) Anelka Chivandire (Triangle United) Clive Rupiya (Caps United).
Prince Dube (Highlanders) Obriel Chirinda (Chicken Inn) Wilfred Muvirimi (Harare City).