IN-FORM attacking duo of Tanzania-based Prince Dube and Golden Arrows’ Knox Mutizwa were the notable players that were omitted from the Warriors squad that is set to do duty against South Africa and Ethiopia in 2022 World Cup qualifiers set for early September.
In their release of the 29-member squad on Wednesday afternoon, Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said: “Here is the Warriors provisional squad for our FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers at home against South Africa (03.09.21) and away to Ethiopia (07.09.21). The international break begins on 30 August and players are expected to begin arriving on the day.
“We are still hopeful that all players will be available for the matches despite the adverse position taken by the English Premier League to bar players from fulfilling the national assignments citing England’s stringent quarantine regulations. We are engaging all clubs that have intimated that they are going to withhold players, hoping they will fulfil their obligations to release players as stated in the regulations on the status and transfer of players. We are confident that the team that we will eventually come up with will still represent the nation with pride and compete to the best of their abilities as true Warriors.”
Aging duo of 35-year-old Washington Arubi who turns out for Marumo Gallants and Onismor Bhasera of Supersport were once again surprise inclusions in the team.
There were also places for unattached Ovidy Karuru and Blessing Sarupinda who recently joined Sekhukhune United across the Limpopo River.
Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants) Talbert Shumba (Free State Stars) Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF)
Teenage Hadebe (Houston Dynamo) Brendan Galloway (Plymouth Argyle) Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United) Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth) Divine Lunga (Mamelodi Sundowns) Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan Athletic) Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Nkana) Jimmy Dzingai (Unattached) Alec Mudimu (Torpedo Kutaisi)
Blessing Sarupinda (Sekhukhune United) Jonah Fabisch (Hamburger SV) Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims) Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) Tafadzwa Rusike, Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United) Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United) Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC) Butholezwe Ncube (AmaZulu) Ovidy Karuru (Unattached)
Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates) Tinotenda Kadewere (Lyon) David Moyo (Hamilton Academical) Admiral Muskwe (Luton Town) Knowledge Musona (Al-Tai) Macauley Bonne (Ipswich Town)