Malajila earns Warriors re-call

HARARE - Cuthbert Malajila has been recalled to the Zimbabwe national team for the first time since October for a dead-rubber World Cup qualifier against Egypt next week.

The free-scoring striker, who had an impressive debut season with South African Premiership side Maritzburg United, will be competing for a spot up front alongside Knowledge Musona, Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole.

The former Dynamos hitman finished third on the Absa Premiership goal-scoring chart with 11 goals in the just ended 2012-13 season.

The 25-man squad released yesterday is made up mainly of players plying their trade in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

 With coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels’ favourite Quincy Antipas effectively ruled out of the game after it became apparent that the Brondby forward would not be fit for the match, the German expatriate immediately gave the former Dynamos striker his first call-up under his reign.

Malajila last played for Zimbabwe in the 2-0 defeat to Angola in Luanda late last year as the Warriors blew a first leg 3-1 lead to see their African Nations Cup hopes go up in smoke.

Kaizer Chiefs forward Mathew Rusike, who missed out the Warriors’ Egypt trip in March due to injury, has been included.

 Warriors manager Sharif Mussa said the technical staff expect all players called to report for camp next week.

 “Our camping is expected to start Monday,” Mussa told Daily News yesterday.

“All players should meet at 6pm at the Zifa House. We will have our training sessions from Tuesday until the match day. After the Egypt game, we will continue with the camping until the Guinea game.

 “We might be out of the race but we still believe there is a lot to play for. We will have to play for our country and ranking at the same time.

 “We are also looking at building a strong team for the future.”

 The Europe-based called up are kingpin Knowledge Musona, who plies his trade in Germany, alongside Ovidy Karuru and Archieford Gutu from Belgium and Sweden respectively.  

The Warriors have a single point from the campaign after falling to Guinea 0-1 in their opening match before managing a goalless draw against Mozambique.

 The final nail into their coffin was the 2-1 defeat to Egypt in Alexandria in March.  

SQUAD

Washington Arubi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Artwell Mukandi, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Denver Mukamba, Ocean Mushure, Archieford Gutu, Silas Songani, Abbas Amidu, Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Roderick Mutuma, Masimba Mambare, Matthew Rusike, Lincoln Zvasiya, Devon Chafa, Felix Chindungwe, Erick Chipeta, Simba Sithole, Tafadzwa Rusike, Partson Jaure, Ronald Chitiyo, Ovidy Karuru, Nicolas Guyo, Cuthbert Malajila. - Godknows Matarutse

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