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Warriors Squad for Liberia game named

[Posted 18 Aug 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors coach names squad

Warriors caretaker coach Norman Mapeza has named the squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers opening match against Liberia in Monrovia.

In announcing the squad at the ZIFA House during a press conference yesterday, Mapeza made some surprise omissions and additions. He named 13 foreign based players and 23 locals in a massive initial squad of 36 players.

Tinashe Nengomasha, has been dropped from the squad for the reason that he is currently clubless, despite the fact that midfielder is currntly training with Kaizer Chiefs following the collapse of his Qatar deal.

Other big casualties are clubless Warriors captain Benjamin 'Benjani' Mwaruwari and Esrom Nyandoro of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. Benjani's omission was largely expected while he searches for a new club. Even the omission of Nyandoro appears to be understandable given the number of younger players who are competing for the same role in the Warriors squad.

One of the surprise exclusions is that of Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro, who announced his return to international football last year. Murambadoro appears to be the best goalkeeper that Zimbabwe has at the moment.

Cephas Chimedza is another surprise omission. The St Truiden star was injured for much of the final days of last season, but he had an outstanding season with his club and was touted as a potential player of the year in Belgium last year. Mapeza has not explained if his exclusion has much to do with injury.

Ovidy Karuru of Bolougne in France has also been left out of the squad of 36 players

Mapeza has surprised many by calling Clement Matawu who is reported to be now with Polonia Byton in Poland, after such a long absence from the national team. Noel Kaseke of AC Omonia, Onismor Bhasera from League One side Plymouth Argyle in England, Quincy Antipas of Sonderjyk in Denmark and former Dynamos captain Justice Majabvi of Austria's LASK Linz have also been called.

The Warriors coach has decided to give many local players a chance to stake a claim in the national team. On-fomr players like Guthrie Zhokinyu of Dynamos, Allan Gahadzikwa of Motor Action, Richard Mteki of Black Mambas, Charles Sibanda of Monomotapa, Jonathan Kapenya of Hwange FC and Nyasha Mukumbi of CAPS United are part of the enlarged squad of 36.

Mapeza has sought to give his CHAN players a chance to prepare for the finals in Sudan early next year.

Warriors Squad for Liberia match.

Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi (Dynamos), Tafadzwa Dube(Gunners FC), Maxwell Nyamupanedengu (Kiglon)

Defenders: Guthrie Zhokinyu (Dynamos), Daniel Veremu, Qadir Amin (Gunners FC), Gilbert Banda, Zephaniah Ngodzo (Highlanders), Gilbert Mapemba, Nyasha Mukumbi (CAPS), Jonathan Kapenya (Hwange FC), Method Mwanjali (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Thomas Sweswe (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Noel Kaseke (AC Omonia, Cyprus), Onismo Bhasera (Plymouth Argyle, England), Costa Nhamoinesu (Zaglebie Lubin, Poland)

Midfielders: Ashley Rambanapasi, Benjamin Marere (Dynamos), Willard Katsande, Ali Sadiki (Gunners), Eric Mudzingwa (Highlanders), Richard Mteki (Black Mambas), Bhekimpilo Ncube (Monomotapa) Allan Gahadzikwa (Motor Action), Justice Majabvi (LASK Linz, Austria) Lionel Mtizwa (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Quincy Antipas (Sonderjyk, Denmark)

Strikers: Norman Maroto (Gunners), Evans Gwekwerere (Dynamos), Charles Sibanda (Monomotapa), Cuthbert Malajila (Club African, Tunisia), Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Edward Sadomba (Al Hilal, Sudan), Nyasha Mushekwi (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA).

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