Johannesburg - Zimbabwe have named no fewer than 10 Premier Soccer League players
in their 23-man squad for the friendly international against Botswana
in Harare on Wednesday.
According to the football411.com website, the Warriors are currently preparing for next month's 2014 World
Cup qualifiers, with new coach Klaus Deter Pagels eager to discover his
best XI ahead of the crucial games in Egypt.
Ajax Cape Town's Tafadzwa Rusike is back in the side after his
suspension due to the Asiagate affair, while Matthew Rusike of Kaizer
Chiefs could make his debut for the national team.
New Bidvest Wits signing and Zimbabwe's Footballer of the Year
Denver Mukamba is an unsurprising inclusion, while Rodreck Mutuma of
Bloemfontein Celtic and SupeSport United's Simba Sithole also received
However, Pagel has dropped AmaZulu and Zimbabwe captain Tapuwa
Kapini, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns' Esrom Nyandoro as the pair both
enter the twilight of their respective careers.
Full Zimbabwe squad:
Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi (Pretoria University), Artwell Mukandi (Dynamos), Maxwell Nyamupanedengu (Harare City);
Defenders: Nicholas Guyo (Monomotapa), Partson Jaure
(Dynamos), Gilbert Mapemba (Moroka Swallows), Lincoln Zvasiya (Kaizer
Chiefs), Ocean Mushure (Dynamos);
Midfielders: Quincy Antipas (Brondby, Denmark), Khama
Billiat (Ajax Cape Town), Ronald Chitiyo (Monomotapa), Archford Gutu
(Kalmar FC, Sweden), Masimba Mambare, Peter Moyo (both Highlanders),
Denver Mukamba (Bidvest Wits), Mathew Rusike (Kaizer Chiefs), Tafadzwa
Rusike (Ajax Cape Town), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United);
Forwards: Abbas Amidu (Black Leopards), Knowledge Musona
(FC Augsburg, Germany), Rodreck Mutuma (Bloemfontein Celtic), Simba
Sithole (SuperSport United), Silas Songani (Harare City).