Zimbabwe national team head coach Kalisto Pasuwa has announced his squad to play Swaziland in an Orange Africa Cup of nations 2017 qualifier on the 25th of this month.
The clash will be within a space of 3 days, with the first leg being played in Mbabane on the 25th of March whilst the second leg is slated for Harare on the 28th of March.
The Warriors are expected to be in camp on the 20th.
Addressing journalists at a press conference held at ZIFA headquarters in Harare on Friday, the Warriors head coach highlighted that they were not going to be distracted by the recent match fixing allegations.
“We as the technical team only manage the players and our selection is not influenced by the ongoing match fixing issue, these are administration issues,” said Pasuwa.
He also highlighted the need for the warriors to win both matches so as to enhance their chances of qualifying to the 2017 edition of the Afcon cup.
“We want to play well and win the 6 points at hand but this is a back to back tie within a short period so the team with strong mentality and fitness can easily win it,” added Pasuwa.
Team manager Sharif Mussa explained on the inclusion of other foreign players like Brendon Galloway, Tendai Darikwa who in the past have failed to turn out for national duty.
“We are doing the best so that we can on bring them to the squad. We are constantly trying to make them available for the selection of the coach, the coach picks a player and we talk with him to verify if he is available,” said Mussa.
Seasoned goal minder Washington Arubi will be fighting for his jersey with the impressive young duo of Tatenda Mkuruva and Bernard Donovan who both represented the nation at the Chan Finals held in Rwanda.
The 27 member squad consists of 10 local based players, 9 South African based players and 8 who ply their trade in the European leagues.
Tendai Darikwa, Everton’s Brendon Galloway and Costa Nhamoinesu are among the European players on the squad, their experience and form can help the Warriors to go a long way.
Captain Willard Katsande, Marvellous Nakamba, and Macaulay Bonne are among the midfield stars that were included in the squad by the coach.
The usually reliable Khama Billiat and the goal poacher Knowledge Musona are expected to lead the warriors attack.
Local based players are headed by Danny Phiri who received a call up alongside Ronald Chitiyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Elisha Muroiwa, and Lawrence Mhlanga.
Zimbabwe are in Group L, with Swaziland, Malawi and Guinea. Zimbabwe are joint leaders with Swaziland on 4 points from 2 matches.
Tatenda Mukuruva (Dynamos), Donovan Bernard (How Mine), Washington Arubi (Pretoria University)
Patson Jaure (Pretoria University), Eric Chipeta (Chippa United), Costa Nhaimoinesu (Sparta Prague), Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn), Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United), Bruce Kangwa (Highlanders), Onismo Bhasera (Wits University), Tendai Darikwa (Burnley), Brendon Galloway ( Everton), Elisha Muroiwa ( Dynamos)
Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs), Marvellous Nakamba ( Vitesse), Ronald Chitiyo ( Harare City), Danny Phiri ( Chicken Inn), Kuda Mahachi (Golden Arrows), Marshall Mudehwe (Platinum FC), Macaulay Bonne (Colchester United), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Chicken Inn)
Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende), Nyasha Mushekwi (China Dalian Yifang F.C), Cuthbert Malajila (Sundowns), Khama Billiat (Sundowns), Mathew Rusike (Helsingborg IF FC), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg)