FORMER Zimbabwe skipper Peter Ndlovu has been recalled for the Warriors’ 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier away to Malawi, seven months after the veteran striker announced he had quit international football.
Warriors coach Charles Mhl
auri, who held talks with Ndlovu last week, said he still needed the 33-year-old player’s services.
“He still has a lot to offer in terms of performance,” Mhlauri said of Ndlovu, who plays at South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
England-based striker Benjani Mwaruwari of Portsmouth this week took over from Ndlovu as Zimbabwe captain.
Mhlauri yesterday announced two squads for the Nations Cup qualifier against Malawi and the Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final tie at home to Angola.
Zimbabwe first play Angola in Harare on September 17 before travelling to Malawi for the qualifier on October 8.
Mhlauri told a press conference yesterday that, for preparatory reasons, he would want to have most of the players in the squad to face Malawi featuring in the Cosafa assignment. The side announced for the Cosafa match was selected because “we need to have a team on standby”, he said.
Mhlauri will, however, be away on a coaching course in Germany at the time of the Cosafa tie, leaving his assistants Willard Khumalo and David Mandigora in charge.
The Warriors coach has previously maintained that the Cosafa Castle Cup is a developmental tournament, and last year Zimbabwe won the regional trophy with a squad of entirely locally based players.
There were also places in the squad for the Malawi assignment for veteran players Gift Muzadzi, Bekhitemba Ndlovu, Edzai Kasinauyo, Joel Luphahla and Charles Yohanne — who all featured for Zimbabwe at the 2006 Nations Cup finals in Egypt.
The side is fused with young blood in the form of Motor Action midfielder Clement Matawu, former Dynamos talisman Evans Gwekwerere, Hwange’s Carrington Gomba and South Africa-based defender Onsimo Bhasera.
Most of the newcomers are in the Cosafa side. They include the country’s leading goal scorer, Ralph Matema of Highlanders, Mwana Africa’s Benjamin Marere and Dynamos new boy Heavens Chinyama.
Mhlauri said they were making efforts to bring in the Europe-based trio of Dickson Choto, Noel Kaseke and Musa Mguni for the Cosafa match.
Squad for Malawi:
Goalkeepers: Energy Murambadoro, Gift Muzadzi, Tapuwa Kapini.
Defenders: Zvenyika Makonese, Dickson Choto, George Mbwando, Bekhitemba Ndlovu, James Matola, Herbert Dick, Method Mwanjali, Onismo Bhasera, Charles Yohanne, Obert Moyo, Gilbert Banda.
Midfielders: Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe Nengomasha, Clement Matawu, Francis Chandida, Edzai Kasinauyo, Cephas Chimedza, Joel Luphahla, Carrington Gomba.
Strikers: Benjani Mwaruwari, Shingi Kawondera, Gilbert Mushangazhike, Evans Gwekwerere, Heavens Chinyama, Peter Ndlovu.
Squad for Cosafa:
Goalkeepers: Tafadzwa Dube, Washington Arubi.
Defenders: Gilbert Banda, Obert Moyo, Method Mwanjali, Onismo Bhasera, Danger Fourpence, David Kutyauripo, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Herbert Dick, Thomas Svesve, Godfrey Dondo, Dickson Choto, Noel Kaseke
Midfielders: Vusa Nyoni, Clement Matawu, Francis Chandida, Justice Majabvi, Honour Gombami, Benjamin Marere, Johannes Ngodzo, Carrington Gomba, Edward Sadomba.
Strikers: Ralph Matema, Philip Marufu, Obadiah Tarumbwa, Heavens Chinyama, Evans Gwekwerere, Sageby Sandaka, Musa Mguni.