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Chidzambwa announces ‘foreign based’ squad for Cosafa

Despite being the reigning Champions and the most Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) title holders (Zimbabwe has won the most titles with five wins), Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa has announced a provisional squad dominated by foreign based players ahead of the 2018 COSAFA Cup that will be staged in South Africa’s Limpopo province from May 27-June 9.

By Tongai Mwenje

The Zimbabwe national team technical staff, under the direction of Sunday Mhofu Chidzambwa, have called up 23 foreign-based players for the annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa.

The provisional squad consists of some names most football fans are not familiar with.

The likes of Kelly Lunga who plays in the German semi-professional football division, Andy Rinomhota with Reading, an English Championship side, Adam Chicksen (Bradford city) and Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids) form the unheralded potential ‘Warriors’.

Zimbabwe will start the competition in the quarterfinals on the 3rd of June where they will face Group B winners ( Botswana, Angola, Mauritius and Malawi)

COSAFA 2018 Provisional squad

Goalkeepers

George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), Donovan Bernard (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Chang Mariyoni (Triangle)

Defenders

Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Kelvin Moyo (FC Platinum), Byron Madzokere (Yadah Stars), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest), Jameson Mukombwe (FC Platinum), Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Harare City), Costa Nhamoinesu (AC Sparta Prague), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Honest Moyo (Highlanders), Adam Chicksen (Bradford city)

Midfielders

Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Richard Hachiro (Herentals), Andy Rinomhota (Reading), Kundai Benyu (Oldham Athletic, Abbas Amidu (Entag El Harby), Talent Chawapiwa (Baroka), Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah Stars), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Singida United), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge)

Strikers

Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende), Evans Rusike (Supersport United), Macaulley Bonne (Leyton Orient), Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens IF), Kelly Lunga (Bonner SC), Admiral Muskwe (Leicester City)

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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