January 25, 2021

Why Amini lasted just three minutes?

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Makomborero Mutimukulu

QADR AMINI was substituted three minutes into the Warriors 0-1 defeat to Mali at the African Nations Championships last night after senior Zifa officials “decided not to risk the player’s health just to win a match.”

It has since emerged that medical tests conducted in Cameroon, soon after the team arrived for the tournament, showed that Amini had some heart complications.

A decision was then made not to play him until he was cleared to do so.

However, the defender was drafted into the first XI without going for a retest, much to the dismay of the Zifa leadership.

“We are getting to the bottom of the matter,” Zifa president Felton Kamambo told ZTN.

“Our view was that we could not risk the life of a player just to make sure that we win a game. But that’s all I can say at the moment. Once we get to the bottom of the issue we will issue a statement.”

The decision to haul off Amini for Ian Nekati sent social media into overdrive last night with claims that coach Zdravcko Logarusic was mad at the defender for taking a free kick when he was not a designated taker.

The Warriors bowed out of CHAN after losing all three of their group matches.

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