Chidzambwa brings in new faces for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa has named a largely overseas-based squad to represent the country at a four nations tournament in Ndola from March 22-25.

The Warriors will play hosts Zambia on March 22 in their semifinal, and will meet either Angola or South Africa three days later depending on results.

Only four locally-based players have been selected, while United Kingdom-based Cliff Moyo, Adam Chicksen and Aleck Mudimu have been called up for the first time.

The squad is a blend of mainstays and fairly new faces seeking to begin their international careers.

Costa Nhamoinesu and Marvelous Nakamba are the most capped players in the team, which is missing captain Knowledge Musona, Kuda Mahachi and Khama Billiat, who are all injured.

Chidzambwa is using the tournament to look at new players ahead of the resumption of the African Nations Cup qualifiers in September.

The coach led Zimbabwe to a fifth COSAFA Cup title in South Africa in 2017.


Zimbabwe squad

Goalkeepers: Takabva Mawaya (ZPC Kariba), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs, South Africa), George Chigova (Polokwane City, South Africa)

Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu (AC Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), Praise Tonha (Caps United), Jimmy Dzingai (Yadah Stars), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Devine Lunga (Chicken Inn), Adam Chicksen (Bradford City, England), Cliff Moyo (Halifax Town, England)

Midfielders: Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge, Belgium), Talent Chawapiwa (Baroka FC, South Africa), Aleck Mudimu (CEFN Druids, Wales), Butholezwe Ncube (AmaZulu, South Africa), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF, Sweden)

Strikers: Evans Rusike (SuperSport United, South Africa), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu, South Africa), Silas Songani (Sonderjyske, Sweden), Abbas Amidu (Entag El Harby, Egypt)