PREPARATIONS for the Warriors’ third appearance at the Total Africa Cup of nations finals go a notch higher on Sunday (13 November) when a full complement of the Warriors, save for a few injured players, square off with Tanzania at the national Sports Stadium at 1500hours.
In the 23-member squad announced by head coach Kalisto Pasuwa, the technical team recalled Khama Billiat who had excused from the final AFCON qualifying match against Guinea because of club commitments.
Other returnees are Kudakwashe Mahachi and Hardlife Zvirekwi who missed the Guinea defeat because of a fractured hand and suspension respectively.
Nyasha Mushekwi and Mathew Rusike are also back in the squad while Philana Kadewere, Bruce Kangwa and Oscar Machapa have also been called up.
But Pasuwa will have to do without AC Sparta Praha defender, Costa Nhamoinesu who is currently suffering from muscular problems which have seen him miss club action for over a month.
Other injured players from the foreign based pool are Evans Rusike and Blessing Moyo who play for Maritzburg United in South Africa.
Pasuwa confirmed the absence of some the national team regulars but he expressed confidence in the available players.
“It is unfortunate that Costa [Nhamoinesu], Evans [Rusike] and Blessing [Moyo] are all out because of injuries as confirmed by their clubs but at the same time this will be an opportunity for other players to get more game time in international matches,” Pasuwa told the Association’s official website www.zifa.org.zw.
On his desire to incorporate the England-based pair of Macauley Bonne and Tendayi Darikwa, Pasuwa said the two have documentation issues that they still have to sort out before they can be allowed to play for Zimbabwe.
“We really needed them here [Bonne and Darikwa] but it seems they still have some complications with their identification documents but this is being sorted out and we are looking forward to having them join the team in future assignments,” he added.
Players were expected to start camp today with training starting tomorrow.
The game against Tanzania will be the senior men’s team’s second international friendly in a space of eight days following the locally based Warriors’ 1 -0 triumph over Zambia on 5 November.
Meanwhile the MightY Warriors play South Africa at the National Sports Stadium on Thursday this week, though they were initially but the venue was changed because of logistical challenges.
The game is part of the Mighty Warriors’s preps for the Africa Women Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from the 19th of this month. They are in the same group with South Africa. – ZimsInSA.com reporter
Donovan Bernard (How Mine)
Tatenda Mkuruva (Dynamos)
Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum)
Onismor Bhasera (Supersport United)
Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United)
Bruce Kangwa (Azam FC)
Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn)
Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn)
Tendai Ndlovu (Highlanders)
Oscar Machapa (AS Vita Club)
Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs)
Marvelous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem)
Marshall Mudehwe (FC Platinum)
Raphael Kutinyu (Chicken Inn)
Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows)
Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows)
Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende)
Mathew Rusike (Helsingborgs IF)
Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates)
Cuthbert Malajila (Bidvest Wits)
Philana Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF)
Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang)