Warriors caretaker coach, Norman Mapeza has picked the team that will play the Black Stars of Ghana in a back-to-back World Cup qualifier matches scheduled for next month.
Wellington Mpandare, the ZIFA general manager in charge of all national teams, who is also the Warriors team manager, said they had already written to the clubs asking for the release of the players. He said:
The coach has already named the players who will be part of the Warriors team to play against Ghana, in the back-to-back ties, next month.
We have already dispatched letters to the concerned clubs where the players ply their trade.
The squad will be announced in the coming days, after the necessary confirmations are completed.
We are hoping that all the players, who have been chosen by the coach, will travel for the crucial fixtures.
Mpandare said Mapeza included some local-based players. Former coach Zdravko Logarusic overlooked local-based players due to the inactivity in the local game.
Only Dynamos utility player Godknows Murwira, as well as the FC Platinum duo of William Stima and Silas Songani, were unused substitutes during the goalless draw against South Africa.
With the Chibuku Super Cup resuming next Wednesday, local-based players are expected to be match-fit.
Mpandare also said foreign-based players will fly directly to Ghana.
Mapeza will be hoping to have the UK-based players, among them Marvelous Nakamba, Tendayi Darikwa, Admiral Muskwe, Brendan Galloway and Jordan Zemura.
They were barred by their clubs, from travelling for the matches against South Africa and Ethiopia, because of Covid-19 complications.
Ghana will host the first leg, on October 9, before the two teams clash again, at the National Sports Stadium, three days later.- The Herald