Katsande excluded from Warriors AFCON squad

2017-05-26 14:36
Willard Katsande (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza has not called up Kaizer Chiefs midfielder and former Warriors skipper Willard Katsande for the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia.

Katsande has initially appeared to call time on his international career after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals earlier this year.

However, he subsequently changed his mind, telling the Herald in February: "I have resolved that I will try my best to help my country to qualify for the 2019 (AFCON) tournament and those qualifiers will be my last piece of action before I retire."

But when naming his squad on Thursday, interim Warriors coach Mapeza left out Katsande, as well as other national team stalwarts such as Nyasha Mushekwi, Matthew Rusike and vice-captain Cuthbert Malajila.

According to newly appointed Zimbabwe team manager Wellington Mupandare, the squad may still be expanded to include some European-based players, including Burnely's Tendai Darikwa.

Although the squad has a strong local flavour, no players from Dynamos were selected.

The match against Liberia takes place on June 11 at the National Sports Stadium.

Zimbabwe squad:


1. Edmore Sibanda (Caps United)

2. Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders)

3. Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)


1. Partson Jaure (Ngezi Platinum Stars)

2. Dennis Dauda (Caps United)

3. Qadr Amin (Ngezi Platinum Stars)

4. Onismo Bhasera (Supersport United - SA)

5. Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn)

6. Jameson Mukombwe (Black Rhinos)

7. Eric Chipeta (Ajax Cape Town - SA)

8. Sydney Linyama (Black Rhinos)


1. Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans - Tanzania)

2. Devon Chafa (Caps United)

3. Simon Shoko (FC Platinum)

4. Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows - SA)

5. Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns)

6. Marvellous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem - Netherlands)

7. Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows)

8. Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum Stars)

9. Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu - SA)

10. Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United)


1. Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates)

2. Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United - SA)

3. Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende - Belgium)

4. Prince Dube (Highlanders)

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