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Warriors squad for Zambia friendly named

[Posted 30 Jul 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors squad for Zambia friendly named

NORMAN Mapeza, coach of the Zimbabwe senior national soccer team, the Warriors, has named a 20-man squad to face Zambia in a friendly on 10 August as the nation prepares for a must-win African Cup of Nations 2012 qualifier in September against Liberia.

Some names on the list released by Team Manager Shariff Mussa has obvious names among the 12-foreign-based stars such as new TSG 1899 Hoffenheim recruit Knowledge Musona, who recently completed a big-money move from crack South African side Kaizer Chiefs.

CAF Champions league giants Al Hilal of Sudan's in-form striker Edward Sadomba, who grabbed two goals in Al Hilal's away 2-2 draw at Enyimba of Nigeria recently, is set to partner Musona in what is expected to be a potent strike force against the Zambians and the Liberians later.

Other Europe-based names in the squad include Ovidy Karuru of US Bolougne in France, Quincy Antipas based in Denmark, Belgian-based Vusa Nyoni, while Justice Majabvi, formerly with LASK Linz in Austria's Bundesliga league, Onismor Bhasera who is recuperating from an injury in England, Musa Mguni of Terek Grozny and Noel Kaseke have been ommited for various reasons.

From South Africa, Mapeza has called in midfield workhorse Tinashe Nengomasha, captain Method Mwanjali, new Moroka Swallows recruit Gilbert Mapemba, Tapuwa Kapini, Khama Billiat, Willard Katsande and new Mamelodi Sundowns striker Simba Sithole.

Eight-home-based talent have made it into the squad and they include experienced defender Daniel Vheremu and his three log-leading FC Platinum team mates Charles Sibanda, Under 23 defender Lincoln Zvasiya and speed merchant Benjamin Marere.

Other locally-based players in the squad are CAPS' Tapuwa Khumbuyani, Dynamos keeper Washington Arubi, Gunners captain Qadr Amini and fast-improving Highlanders midfielder Eric Mudzingwa.   

The squad is expected to assemble in Harare 48 hours before kick-off to allow for some hours of training before kick-off on Wednesday 10 August.

Players suspended for the Liberia clash, SA-based striker Nyasha Mushekwi of Sundowns and Chiefs defender Thomas Sweswe.

Warriors' Squad


Goalkeepers:Washington Arubi, Tapuwa Kapini (Amazulu, South Africa).

Defenders: Method Mwanjali (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Vusa Nyoni (Germinal Beerschot, Belgium), Qadr Amini, Gilbert Mapemba (Moroka Swallows, South Africa), Daniel Veremu, Lincoln Zvasiya

Midfielders: Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Khama Billiat, Willard Katsande (both Ajax Cape Town, SA), Ovidy Karuru (US Bolougne, France) , Quincy Antipas (Sonderjyske, Denmark), Charles Sibanda, Benjamin Marere, Eric Mudzingwa.

Strikers: Knowledge Musona (Hoffenhein, Germany), Edward Sadomba (Al Hilal, Sudan), Simba Sithole (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa).

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