Warriors squad named

HARARE - Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa is excited by the prospect of facing the strongest possible sides in a four-nation tournament to be hosted by neighbours Zambia next week.

The tournament, which serves as preparation ahead of the resumption of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers in September, will also feature South Africa and Angola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium from March 22-25.

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter yesterday announced a 25-men strong squad that will do business in Ndola which includes Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, France-based pair of midfielders Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly among others.

Baxter also invited highly-rated Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena to assist him.

Hosts Zambia have also indicated their desire to field a full strength squad with most of their foreign-based players already called for duty by Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda.

Warriors face Chipolopolo on March 22, the same day South Africa play Angola.

The third-place play-off featuring losing teams from the opening matches and the final will take place at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on March 25.

And on his part, Chidzambwa yesterday announced a 20-member squad comprising some unheralded players plying their trade outside the country. Three foreign-based, who are yet to make their debut for the Warriors, were called up.

These are England-based Cliff Moyo, Adam Chicksen and Aleck Mudimu (Wales). Talisman Knowledge Musona, forward Khama Billiat and winger Kuda Mahachi could not be considered for selection as they are nursing different injuries.

And in coming up with his squad, Chidzambwa said they wanted to assess some of the players in preparation for more tough future assignments.

“I think it’s good news that our opponents are promising to field strong teams. It gives us an opportunity to assess some of our players, especially those that we don’t really know,” Chidzambwa told the Daily News.

“There are about four or so players, who we don’t know that much so I think this is an opportunity to assess them. There are even more players who we have wanted to come for these matches but I am told their documentation was not in order.

“But I am happy with the team that we have called. Most of the guys who are expected to do duty will be available so yes, we are looking forward to the tournament.

“We are taking this tournament seriously. It’s always good to instil a winning culture.”

The Warriors are expected to assemble on Monday next week before leaving for Zambia two days later.

Belgium-based Marvellous Nakamba, Teenage Hadebe of Kaizer Chiefs, Marshall Munetsi of Orlando Pirates and Sweden-based Tino Kadewere have all made it into the squad.

Warriors Squad:
Goalkeepers: Takabva Mawaya (ZPC Kariba), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), George Chigova (Polokwane City)
Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu (AC Sparta Prague), Praise Tonha (CAPS United), Jimmy Dzingai (Yadah Stars), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Devine Lunga (Chicken Inn), Adam Chicksen (Bradford City), Cliff Moyo (Halifax)
Midfielders: Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Talent Chawapiwa (Baroka), Aleck Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF)
Strikers: Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Silas Songani (Sonderjyske), Abbas Amidu (Entag El Harby)

Comments (1)

'To assess players we don't know' means what? Is Chidzambwa a serious coach or comedian because really he sounds like he just called/selected these players without any knowledge of them.No wonder why our football is not developing with such coaches. Go rest Chidzambwa.

WaMachekera - 15 March 2018

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