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Mapeza names Squad for Liberia clash

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Warriors interim coach, Norman Mapeza has announced a provisional 25-man squad dominated by players from the local Premier Soccer League in preparation for their 2019 AFCON qualifiers encounter against Liberia early next month.

By Sports Reporter

Zimbabwe premier league champions, Caps United who are still fresh from a convincing victory over USM Alger of Algeria contributed four players to that list. Yesterday’s man of the match, Ronald Chitiyo, Edmore Sibanda, Denis Dauda and Devon Chafa are part of the crop contributed to the national team by Caps United.

Ngezi Platinum follows the order, with three players from the Ndiraya coached team on the Warriors list that includes Patson Jaure, Qadr Amini and Libety Chakoroma.

Premier league returnees, Black Rhinos who have done so well in the local premier league contributed Jameson Mukombwe and Sydney Linyama. FC Platinum and Highlanders each supplied two while Teenage Hadebe is the only contribution from the 2015 premier league champions, Chicken Inn.

The list has a surprise omission of tried and tested warriors in the form of Willard Katsande, Cuthbert Malajila, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Costa Nhamoinesu, Mathew Rusike and Nyasha Mushekwi.

Mapeza’s men were thrown into Group G, together with the continent’s sixth-ranked side Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congo Brazzaville, ranked 17th, and Liberia on 28th, in a qualifying draw conducted in Libreville, Gabon early this year.

Only group winners and the best three runners-up qualify for the tournament, with hosts Cameroon.

Here is the full list

Goalkeepers 

Edmore Sibanda (CAPS United), Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders) and Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)

Defenders 

Dennis Dauda (Caps United), Partson Jaure, Qadr Amin (Ngezi Platinum), Onesimo Bhasera (Supersport United), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn), Jameson Mukombwe (Black Rhinos), Erick Chipeta (Ajax Cape Town), Sydney Linyama (Black Rhinos)

Midfielders 

Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans), Devon Chafa (Caps United), Simon Shoko (FC Platinum), Kudakwashe Mahachi ( Golden Arrows) Khama Billiart (Mamelodi Sundowns) Marvelous Nakamba (Vittese), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu), Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United)

Strikers

Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United), Knowledge Musona ( OK Oostende), Prince Dube (Highlanders)

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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