THE Warriors begin their journey to the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) finals today when they take on Tanzania in an international friendly match in Dar-es-Salaam.
After this, the Warriors will engage Mozambique in another friendly match at Barbourfields Stadium on December 8 before taking on Guinea ahead of a camp in South Africa for the finals they have qualified for the third time in a row.
Xolisani Gwesela, Zifa communications manager yesterday said: “The team is leaving today (Monday). There are only two foreign players in Tapuwa Kapini and Carlington Nyadombo, who will leave with the coach Ian Gorowa from South Africa. The game will be played on Tuesday (tomorrow) November 19 in Dar-es-Salaam, but we are yet to confirm the time.”
From the local contingent, Gorowa has decided to try out new faces, leaving out the troops that ensured Zimbabwe’s qualification for next year’s edition.
Buffaloes defender Themba Ndlovu, Gerald Ndlovu of Hwange, Misheck Mburayi of Triangle and Highlanders veteran Innocent Mapuranga have been called up.
Those that have always been in Gorowa’s radar-Kuda Mahachi, Silas Songani, Felix Chindungwe and Ocean Mushure are also part of the travelling contingent, while the two Simba Sitholes of How Mine and Dynamos will also make appearances.
There was also space for Southern Region Division One side Bantu Rovers’ Nqobizitha Masuku in the team. The youngster is due for trials in France in the New Year.
Shabanie Mine also have a player in the national team this time young Frankson Bushire, who has been rewarded for a good run that saw his team win the BancABC Sup8r Cup.