ZIMBABWE skipper Peter Ndlovu and nine other foreign-based players lead the Warriors’ quest for a winning start to the 2006 World Cup and African Nations Cup finals campaign in Gabon tomorrow.
The final team was announced yesterday before the ttheir departure for Gabon.
Besides Peter Ndlovu, also in the Warriors squad are his brother Adam, Charles Yohane, Dumisani Mpofu, Tinashe Nengomasha, Energy Murambadoro and Richard Choruma, all based in South Africa.
Cyprus-based Joel Lupahla, Shingirai Kawondera and Herbert Dick, both based in Poland, complete the foreign-based contingent.
The team went through their paces yesterday under the guidance of stand-in coach Rahman Gumbo and assistant Brenna Msiska, who took over after Sunday Marimo’s resignation last week.
Local-based players included in the final squad are Bhekithemba Ndlovu, Cephas Chimedza, Dazzy Kapenya, Zvenyika Makonese, Esrom Nyandoro, Ronald Sibanda and Brian Badza.
Gumbo said soon after announcing the squad: “We will stick to our old type of play because that is what the players are used to. We will not change anything, formations included.”
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has written to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) advising that the nomination court will be seating today to consider candidates for PSL elections that have been aborted twice before.
“May you accordingly advise all candidates whose nomination papers were submitted to attend the meeting. The PSL elections will take place seven days after the nomination court meeting,” wrote Zifa acting chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze.
Five PSL matches have been lined up for the weekend after three were cancelled due to national team commitment.
PSL matches this weekend:
Kwekwe Cables vs Masvingo United (Mbizo);
Sporting Lions vs Wankie (Rufaro).
Dynamos vs Black Rhinos (Rufaro);
Shabanie Mine vs Lancashire Steel (Maglas); Zimbabwe Saints vs Sundowns (Barbourfields).