Young Warriors midfielder Joel Ngodzo has been named in the final squad that will take on Zambia in an All-Africa Games soccer qualifier in Lusaka on Sunday.
The return leg has been slated for Harare in two weeks’ time.
Ngodzo, who is currently in South Africa where he is undergoing trials with Premiership outfit Vasco da Gama, is expected to link up with his teammates in Lusaka.
Young Warriors team manager Wellington Mupandare said on Tuesday they had included Ngodzo in their final squad even though the player was still on trials in South Africa.
He said: “We have drafted in Ngodzo in the final squad and we expect him to fly to Lusaka before the match on Sunday. The team is leaving tomorrow (today) by road. We are happy with the way preparations have gone and we look forward to the game.”
Gunners midfielder Qadr Armin, Hwange left back Blessing Sunday, Dynamos’ Archieford Gutu, Shooting Stars’ striker Simba Sithole and Rahman Kutsanzira of Highlanders are some of the big-name players expected to do duty on Sunday.
Jomo Cosmos-bound Mathew Rusike, who turns out for Pretoria University, also made the final team.
Meanwhile, TP Mazembe left back Emmanuel Mbola on Monday became the first foreign-based player to join the Zambia Under-23 squad for Sunday’s game.
Red Arrows defender Jimmy Chisenga has been dropped from the squad after picking up an injury while on international duty during the ill-fated friendly match between Zambia and Kuwait last Friday.
Mbola was part of the squad that coach Lucky Msiska drilled at Independence Stadium on Monday morning and later in the afternoon at Nkoloma Stadium when Simon Silwimba and Kangwa Chileshe were to join camp.
Msiska feared chances of securing the release of the other foreign-based players, Emmanuel Mayuka, Fwayo Tembo, Roger Kola and Justine Zulu, for whom he has since set Thursday’s deadline to join camp or be dropped were fading.
On Chisenga, team doctor Mwila Lupasha said the Arrows left back would not be part of the team facing the Young Warriors because he had injured the soft tissues on his injury-prone ankle during Zambia’s 0-4 defeat to Kuwait.
Squad: A Sibanda (Highlanders), L Chirava (Bantu), B Sunday (Hwange), Q Armin (Gunners), K Machona (Eagles), L Zvasiya (Monomotapa), T Mamvura (Dynamos), R Kutsanzira (Highlanders), D Mukamba (Kiglon), A Gutu (Dynamos), S Sithole(Shooting Stars), D Chafa (Kiglon), T Mangezi (Gunners), A Amidu (Mambas), M Dumbura (Eagles), M Rusike (Pretoria University), B Katsaruware (Eagles), C Mutero (Shooting Stars), J Ngodzo (Highlanders).