Pasuwa names Afcon squad

HARARE - Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa yesterday announced his provisional 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) squad with little surprises on the roster.

Pasuwa kept faith with most of the players that did duty for Zimbabwe during a successful qualifying campaign in which they sealed a place at next month’s tournament in Gabon with a game to spare in Group B.

“Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Tatenda Mkuruva, Willard Katsande and Costa Nhamoinesu are among the Warriors who starred in the qualifiers and are going to compete for a place in the final 23 to make it to Gabon,” Zifa said in a statement last night.

“Among the fairly new faces are Tinotenda Kadewere, Oscar Machapa and Bruce Kangwa who were all introduced as second half substitutes when Zimbabwe thrashed Tanzania 3-0 in a preparatory match played at the National Sports Stadium.

“Goal scorers in Zimbabwe’s match against Tanzania, Nyasha Mushekwi and Matthew Rusike are part of a strikers list which also has the Absa Premiership’s current leading scorer, Tendai Ndoro and Evans Rusike.”

Two of the 11 best players from the just-ended Castle Lager Premiership season; Soccer Star Hardlife Zvirekwi and Liberty Chakoroma are among the local crop angling for a place in the Afcon squad as well as Lawrence Mhlanga, Raphael Kutinyu, Ronald Chitiyo and Highlanders FC’s Tendai Ndlovu.

Dynamos defender, Elisha Muroiwa returns to the fold following an injury induced sabbatical.

“Camp begins on December 22, and the team is scheduled to fly out for a preparatory match against Cote d’ Ivoire on Boxing Day,” Zifa said.

The warriors are also set to play Cameroon on January 10.

Zimbabwe’s previous two attempts at the continental finals both ended at the group stage; and the current group has the onus to try and surpass their predecessors’ exploits.

Zimbabwe Provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Donovan Bernard (How Mine), Tatenda Mkuruva (Dynamos), Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum), Takabva Mawaya (Hwange)

Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague), Blessing Moyo (Maritzburg United), Bruce Kangwa (Azam FC), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United), Oscar Machapa (AS Vita Club), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United), Lawrence Mhlanga, Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn), Tendai Ndlovu (Highlanders)

Midfielders: Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns), Raphael Kutinyu (Chicken Inn), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows), Marshall Mudehwe (FC Platinum), Talent Chawapiwa (ZPC Kariba), Marvellous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem), Ronald Chitiyo (Harare City)

Strikers: Cuthbert Malajila (Bidvest Wits), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United), Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Matthew Rusike (Helsingborg IF), Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates), Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF)

Comments (4)

Go Warriors!

Regalia - 20 December 2016

Goooo WARRIORS Goooooooo!!!!!!!

BigFish - 30 December 2016

Zimbabwe are representing the Southern Africans and they will surprise every one

Gift Sithole - 5 January 2017

GO GO WORRIOS

Gift Sithole - 5 January 2017

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