National soccer team caretaker coach Norman Mapeza has dropped former captain Benjani Mwaruwari and Mamelodi Sundowns captain Esrom Nyandoro for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against Liberia in Monrovia on 4 September.
But Mapeza said “the door was still open” for every player who excels at club level.
The former Warriors captain named 13 foreign based players for the tie that will kick start the country’s campaign to reach the finals for the first time in six years.
“I have dropped Benjani because he is still looking for a club. I need him to settle down first. The same goes for Tinashe Nengomasha who is still club hunting after his move to Qatar failed. As for Esrom, I think I have decided to give chance to new blood.
“Most of the foreign based players whom I have called for this match are relatively young and their leagues have started. But that does not mean I have closed the door for other players.
“The door is still open for everyone but I think the team which I chose might get the good result for us,” said Mapeza.
Nyandoro, the Mamelodi Sundowns captain turned 30 on 6 February is probably the biggest shock in Mapeza’s line up as he is younger than Mwaruwari who turned 32 on 13 August. Nengomasha is said to be just 27.
Local based players
Goalkeepers: Tafadzwa Dube (Gunners), Washington Arubi (Dynamos) and Maxwell Nyamupangedengu (Kiglon)
Defenders: Guthrie Zhokinyi (Dynamos), Daniel Vheremu and Qadir Amin (Gunners), Gilbert Banda and Zephaniah Ngodzo (Highlanders), Nyasha Mukumbi and Gilbert Mapemba (CAPS United), Jonathan Kapenya (Hwange).
Midfielders: Ashley Rambanapasi and Benjamin Marere (Dynamos), Eric Mudzingwa (Highlanders), Willard Katsande and Ali Sadiki (Gunners), Richard Mteki (Black Mambas), Allan Gahadzikwa and Bhekimpilo Ncube (Motor Action)
Strikers: Norman Maroto (Gunners), Evans Gwekwerere and Cuthbert Malajila (Dynamos), Norman Maroto (Gunners).
Foreign based players
Method Mwanjali, Lionel Mtizwa and Nyasha Mushekwi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thomas Sweswe and Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs), Noel Kaseke (AC Amonia, Cyprus), Onismor Bhasera (Plymouth Argyle, England), Costa Nhamoinesu (Zaglebie Lubin, Poland,), Justice Majabvi (Lsk Linz, Austria), Quincy Antipas (Sonderjysk, Denmark), Clemence Matawu (Polonia Bytom, Poland), Edward Sadomba (Al Hilal) and Tafadzwa Rusike (Ajax Cape Town).