QUESTIONS remain over the inclusion of Ovidy Karuru in a 24-man provisional Warriors squad to face Algeria in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers but the coaches insist he will “add value” despite being pushed out by his own club.
Karuru was deemed excess baggage by his club Stellenbosch and has not kicked a ball in a professional match in the South African DStv Premiership.
How the midfielder received a call-up for the Warriors squad to face the African champions in a week’s time remains a wonder.
But in the words of the Warriors coach Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic, the player “charmed the coaches with his commitment for the national team cause” as opposed to his performance at club level.
“When we made the squad, we did not know where Ovidy was and we made the squad not knowing whether they (players) were changing clubs or not. I spoke to him and he showed commitment, saying that he was working. He also told me that he was not injured,” explained head coach Loga.
The Croat also revealed that the decision to include Karuru in the squad was also driven by the fact that the player was one of the best performers in the last two Afcon qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia.
“When I talked to my assistants, they told me he was one of the best players when the Warriors played against Botswana and Zambia. That means he didn’t disappoint when he played for the country last time,” he said.
The Warriors coaches also had the Chan (African Nations Championships) in mind when picking some of the players in the 24-member provisional squad.
To that end it may also explain the inclusion of Dynamos player King Nadolo who also has not kicked a ball in a professional match since the outbreak of the coronavirus at the beginning of the year.