By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Warriors technical department has announced a 26-member squad for the final round of the 2022 World cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia.
Norman Mapeza’s charges will take on regional rivals South Africa in an away match set for the 11th of this month before hosting Ethiopia three days later.
This will be the last match the Zimbabwe senior men football team will host at the National Sports Stadium after the venue was banned by the Confederation of African Football- CAF for failing to meet required international standards.
Captain Knowledge Musona and defender Teenage Hadebe are not available as they are nursing injuries, while Jordan Zemura and Marshall Munetsi will not be part of the squad as well.
Alec Mudimu is part of the team but will be suspended from the match against South Africa.
The squad has been beefed up by local players who have done well in the Chibuku Super Cup and Mamelodi Sundowns left back Divine Lunga who is back to his best.
All the goalkeepers are from local clubs with Dynamos goalkeeper Taimon Mvula being joined by Donovan Bernard of Chicken and FC Platinum Captain Petros Mhari.
The defenders include the British Brigade of Brendan Galloway and Tendayi Darikwa with Azam’s Bruce Kangwa, Zambian based Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Highlanders’ Peter Muduwa and Godknows Murwira of Dynamos part of the team.
The midfielders are led by Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba with consistent FC Platinum defensive linkman Kelvin Madzongwe also included alongside South Africa based Gerald Takwara, Farai Madhananga, Blessing Sarupinda, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Khama Billiat and Ishmael Wadi.
Leicester wonder kid Tawanda Maswanhise is also part of the team and is joined by another youngster in German-based Jonah Fabisch and veteran midfielder Thabani Kamusoko who is based in Zambia.
The Strikers are led by the British brigade of David Moyo and Macauley Bonne with trusted South African based gunslinger Know Mutizwa also included.
Zimbabwe is already out of contention for the World Cup, with the two matches set to allow the Warriors to prepare for the 2022 AFCON finals in Cameroon.