United States based striker Ntokozo Tshuma has been included in the national Under 23 squad who regroup on Sunday ahead of the Zone VI All Africa Games decider against South Africa next week.
The Young Warriors suffered a 2-0 defeat to Amaglug-glug at Sinaba stadium in Johannesburg last Sunday and will need to score three clear goals at home to qualify for the finals set for Maputo, Mozambique in September.
In an effort to rescue that seemingly faltering campaign, the Young Warriors technical team has included the Bulawayo born Tshuma who has been receiving rave views playing college football in America.
The 20 year old Episcopal High School student who plays for Bethesda SC will be making his second appearance in the national colours having represented the country in the Under 17 age group in 2008.
“We need to prepare well for this game. In fact we should have gone straight into camp after the first leg. This is a very big match and we need all the players who we think can do a job for us,” said Young Warriors assistant coach Darlington Dodo on Friday.
FC Platinum lanky forward Donald Ngoma, who has five goals to his name in the local league has also found his way into the 24 man squad.
The return of talisman Archford Gutu, who missed the first leg due to suspension will be good news for the Friday Phiri coached side.
However, combative midfielder Devon Chafa who was given a red card in South Africa will miss the do-or-die encounter.
Goalkeepers: Ariel Sibanda, Liberty Chirava, Nicho Francis
Defenders: Lincoln Zvasiya, Qadr Amini, Obey Mwerahari, Duncan Kalongonda, Charles Mutero, Blessing Chimwamuchere, Knowledge Machona, Morris Kadzola
Midfielders: Joel Ngodzo, Abbasi Amidu, Wellington Kamudyariwa, Timire Mamvura, Archford Gutu, Ngonidzashe Maviri, Russel Madamombe, Trevor Mutero, Misheck Mburayi
Strikers: Mathew Rusike, Simba Sithole, Patrick Kumbula, William Manondo, Donald Ngoma, Ntokozo Tshuma