Zifa name home-based squad Malawi clash

HARARE - Zimbabwe have named a squad exclusively made up of home-based players for this month’s friendly international away to Malawi.

The Warriors were invited by the Malawi Football Association (Faz) to take on the Flames on May 25 in a match forming part of the country’s Africa Day celebrations.

Malawi are also using the match to prepare for the resumption of World Cup qualifiers against Namibia and Kenya next month.

The Flames currently sit in second place in Group H with five points, only behind leaders Nigeria on goal difference.

The Warriors, who travel to Blantyre by road on May 23, will be without head coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels. Pagels has family commitments.

The German’s assistants, Lloyd Mutasa, Peter Ndlovu and Nkululeko Dhlamini, will take charge of the team.

Zimbabwe will use the match to prepare for their upcoming 2014 World Cup Group G qualifiers against Egypt and Guinea next month.

The Warriors’ chances of reaching Brazil next year are very slim, having registered just one point in their opening three qualifiers.

Interestingly, Zimbabwe and Malawi have also been paired against each other in the quarter-finals of the Cosafa Castle Cup, set to bounce back in July in Zambia.

Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique and Angola were given a bye from the group stages of the competition.

SQUAD

Munyaradzi Diya, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Felix Chindungwe, Ocean Mushure, Erick Chipeta, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Silas Songani, Masimba Mambare, Thabani Goredema, Devon Chafa, Ronald Chitiyo, Kuda Musharu, Ali Sadiki, Charles Sibanda, Prosper Matizanadzo, Nocholas Alifandika, Last Chibwiro, Tawanda Nyamandwe. - Sports Writer

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