By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Warriors head coach, Zdravko Logarusic has named his provisional squad to host neighbours South Africa in a World Cup qualifier match at National Sports Stadium (NSS) between 5-8 June before travelling to Ethiopia on 11-14 June.
Zimbabwe are aiming to qualify for their maiden World Cup tournament. There are in Group G with Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa as their opponents.
The table toppers in this group will book themselves a spot at the 2022 WC Cup competition which will be played in Qatar.
Below is the Croat’s named squad:
Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF) Talbert Shumba (Nkana)
Alec Mudimu (Ankaraspor), Divine Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan Athletic), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor), Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana), Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United), Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Nkana), Brendan Galloway (Luton Town), Carlos Mavhurume (Caps United)
Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Ovidy Karuru (Black Leopards), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC), Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United), King Nadolo (Dynamos), Tafadzwa Rusike (Zesco United)
Tinotenda Kadewere (Lyon), David Moyo (Hamilton Academical), Prince Dube (Azam), Admiral Muskwe (Wycombe Wanderers), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates)
Meanwhile, World Cup qualifier games that will kickstart in June are set to end in October.
Zimbabwe will face their toughest opponents in the group, Ghana, in a back-to-back fixture.
The two games are lined up for 1-4 September which is the first leg at NSS before they visit Ghana for the second leg on 5-7 September.
The Logarusic’s coached side will round off the WC qualifiers with a home game against Ethopia.
Below is the list of dates for the WC qualifiers:
Zimbabwe vs South Africa 5 – 8 June
Ethiopia vs Zimbabwe 11 – 14 June
Ghana vs Zimbabwe 1 – 4 September
Zimbabwe vs Ghana 5 – 7 September
South Africa vs Zimbabwe 6 – 9 October
Zimbabwe vs Ethiopia 10 – 12 October