The Zimbabwe national football team coach Kalisto Pasuwa has named a strong 26-man squad that includes Khama Billiat and Tendai Ndoro as they are preparing to face Malawi in a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier at on June 4.
Pasuwa has called the Orlando Pirates’ striker Tendai Ndoro ahead of Warriors’ must win 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier game against the Flames of Malawi in Harare next week.
Ndoro has been in unstoppable form since making his breakthrough into the Pirates starting line up and he scored five league goals in 10 starts for Pirates last season.
The Zimbabwe coach has also handed Poland based midfielder Andrew Gwaze a place in his squad to face the Malawi national team with Triangle goalkeeper Tapiwa Chilenga also being called up.
Pasuwa was quoted by one of the Zimbabwe daily papers that he has been following Gwaze who plays his club football in Poland turning out for relegated Gornik Zabrez.
“He has played for Monomotapa before and I have been monitoring him. I have some video of the matches he has played.
“We have an open door policy and there is no one who is guaranteed a place in the team,” the Zimbabwe coach was quoted by the paper.
But there were no places for goalkeeper Washington Arubi and defender Partson Jaure with Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa saying their club – Pretoria Unversity – had requested for them to be excused as they were involved in the playoffs.
Chippa United defender Eric Chipeta who struggled in the 1-1 draw against Swaziland in Mbambane was also dropped.
The Warriors are expected to play against Uganda in a friendly match on Tuesday which they will use as a dress rehearsal for the match against Malawi.
Zimbabwe lead Group L with eight points and can qualify for the biennial soccer showcase if they beat Malawi at home and Guinea fails to beat Swaziland.
Both Swaziland and Guinea are tied on five points each with Malawi at the foot of the table with two points.
Zimbabwe, 2017 Afcon qualifier squad:
Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva, Bernard Donovan, Tapiwa Chilenga
Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu, Lawrence Mhlanga, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Bruce Kangwa, Onismo Bhasera, Elisha Muroiwa, Teenage Hadebe, Blessing Moyo
Midfielders: Willard Katsande, Marvellous Nakamba, Danny Phiri, Kuda Mahachi, Marshall Mudehwe, Farai Madhanhanga, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Andre Gwaze
Strikers: Knowledge Musona, Nyasha Mushekwi, Evans Rusike, Mathew Rusike, Khama Billiat, Cuthbert Malajila, Tendai Ndoro.