from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO – SOUTH Africa’s Absa Premiership is providing the bulk of Zimbabwe’s national soccer team players when they host western neighbours Botswana in the first round of Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 qualifying tie on Friday evening.
The sides clash at the National Sports Stadium in Harare before Zimbabwe travels to Zambia for another Southern African derby against northern neighbours Zambia.
Warriors acting head coach, Joey Antipas, formerly of South African side Amazulu, has picked ten footballers plying their trade in the Absa Premiership players for Zimbabwe.
Among them is Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat and Lamontville Golden Arrows and Premiership leading goalscorer, Knox Mtizwa.
Mtizwa’s Arrows teammate Devine Lunga is also part of the Warriors while several other South African-based players include Terrence Dzvukamanja (Bidvest Wits), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United) and the AmaZulu duo of Ovidy Karuru and Butholwezi Ncube.
Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Kelvin Moyo (Chippa United) and Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvis Chipezezeare are also in the Warriors side.
They join overseas-based players such as Aston Villa midfielder, Marvellous Nakamba, former Orlando Pirates and French-based Marshall Munetsi, Tino Kadewere (France) and another English-based star, Macauley Bonne.
Former Chiefs and Turkish based Teenage Hadebe, Alec Mudimu (Cefn Druids AFC), are also part of the Warriors.
Locally-based players include Prince Dube, Ian Nekati, Partson Jaure, Talbert Shumba and Cliff Moyo play in the domestic premiership league.
Thabani Kamusoko of Young Africans in Tanzania has also been selected.
– CAJ News