SPARTA Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu has been ruled out of the Warriors squad to face Tanzania due to an injury while in-form Dynamos defensive midfielder Stephen Alimenda has won a call up for the match.
Zimbabwe senior national team coach Ian Gorowa yesterday announced a 22-man squad for the preliminary round qualifier against the east African country next week.
The core of the team that did duty in the Chan tournament earlier this year won call-ups while six South African-based players have been picked.
Goalkeeper Washington Arubi, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande, strikers Tendai Ndoro, Simba Sithole, Kingston Nkatha and Sundowns hitman Cuthbert Malajila form part of the squad.
The technical team, which also includes Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa and Mkhupali Masusku, intended to call up Carlington Nyadombo, Nhamoinesu, Belgium-based Ovidy Karuru and Edward Sadomba but the quartet will not be available due to either injury or club commitments.
World governing body Fifa has ruled that clubs are not obliged to release players for the preliminary round.
Zimbabwe need to negotiate their way past Tanzania before they meet either Mozambique or South Sudan in the last preliminary round qualifier before the Group stages.
Hwange defender Eric Chipeta and Dynamos’ Patson Jaure have retained their places in the squad while Sidney Linyama and Caps fullback Ronald Pfumbidzai are in line for the Tanzania trip.
Bantu Rovers’ Nqobizitha Masuku, Marshal Mudewe of FC Platinum as well as Talent Chawapiwa have also been called up.
Goalkeepers: W Arubi, G Chigova, M Diya.
Defenders: H Zvirekwi, E Chipeta, P Jaure, S Linyama, M Ncube and R Pfumbidzai.
Midfielders: W Katsande, D Phiri, P Manhanga, S Alimenda, N Masuku, P Moyo, M Mudewe, T Chawapiwa, K Mahachi,
Strikers: T Ndoro, S Sithole, K Nkatha and C Malajila.