Zimbabwe is looking forward to qualifying for the next AFCON. Captain Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen) and Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) are among the 38 players called up by coach Zdravko Logarušić. However, both are still recovering.
Coach Zdravko Logarušić has published a list with Musona and Billiat among others. He has pre-selected 38 players for the two games against Botswana (3rd, 4 pts) on March 25 and Zambia (4th, 3 pts) on March 29. The Warriors (2nd, 5 pts.) in Group H must bag at least four out of six points.
Still with uncertainties
However, both players are in a rehabilitation phase. But the technical staff hopes to find them in good health between now and the two games. Zdravko Logarusic keeps his fingers crossed. "They are key players of this team. I hope they will recover in time," said the national coach.
Musona is slowly recovering from a knee injury while Billiat suffered a leg fracture. The hope of seeing them back on their feet remains. "We are constantly following Musona and Billiat. He has started light training, which is good news for us," said the technician. Zdravko Logarušić, on the other hand, can count on Tino Kadewere, Lyon's in-form man in the French Ligue 1.
The 38 selected players
Keepers: Talbert Shumba (Nkana) Tatenda Mkuruva (Michigan Stars) Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders) Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF)
Defenders: Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth), Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana) Alec Mudimu (Ankaraspor), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor), Divine Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Tendai Jirira (Detroit City). Then, Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan Athletic). Then Brendan Galloway (Luton Town), Victor Kamhuka (Royal Malaysia Police). Romario Matova (NK Solin),Peter Muduwa (Simba SC), Carlos Mavhurume (Caps United), Shadreck Nyahwa (Bulawayo Chiefs)
Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi (Stade Reims), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Ovidy Karuru (Black Leopards), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Tafadzwa Rusike (Zesco United), Brian Banda (FC Platinum). Then, King Nadolo (Dynamos), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen), Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City), Tanaka Chinyahara (Red Arrows)
Attackers: Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates), Tinotenda Kadewere (Olympique Lyonnais), David Moyo (Hamilton Academical), Admiral Muskwe (Wycombe Wanderers), Farawu Matare (Bulawayo Chiefs), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Prince Dube (Azam).