New Zimbabwe (London)

16 December 2013

Zimbabwe: Gorowa Names Warriors Chan Squad

WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa named a 29-man squad for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament which will be held in South Africa next month.

The squad will however, be trimmed to the final 23 before the biennial continental soccer showcase bursts into life.

The Chan tournament is exclusively for home based players and Gorowa, aware of the possibility of losing some of the players to foreign clubs in the January transfer window, has been forced to pick an enlarged squad.

It is likely that Gorowa could lose some of his players who starred in the CHAN qualifiers after having already lost reigning Premiership top goal scorer Tendai Ndoro who has joined South African Premiership side Mpumalanga Black Aces.

The coach could also be without Hwange defender Eric Chipeta and Highlanders shot stopper Munyaradzi Diya who are reportedly wanted by Absa Premiership side Golden Arrows.

Chicken Inn forward Kuda Mahachi is also being courted by Mamelodi Sundowns who have already assessed him and are believed to have been convinced he can add value to the Brazilians' cause.

Harare City's Silas Songani has also been on trials in South Africa with Maritzburg United.

According to the squad released by team manager Shariff Mussa, the Warriors coach has included the majority of players who were part of the squad that won an international friendly against Mozambique at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

"The players called up are expected to go into camp on (Monday) to start preparations for the Chan tournament. Training will start on Tuesday and the squad will be trimmed to the final 23 which will then be sent to the Confederation of African Football (Caf)," said Mussa.

Zimbabwe is making her third successive appearance at the continental soccer showpiece having taken part in Ivory Coast at its inauguration under Sunday Chidzambwa before making it to Sudan two years later with Madinda Ndlovu in charge.

The Warriors are in Group B which also includes Burkina Faso, Uganda and Morocco and will be based at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town for the tournament which runs from January 11 to February 1, 2014.

Warriors squad: G Chigova, M Dhiya, T Dube, M Nyamupangedengu, H Zvirekwi, O Machapa, F Chindungwe, T Ndlovu, E Chipeta, P Jaure, M Ncube, A Mbara, P Manhanga, W Kapinda, D Phiri, T Muparati, C Sibanda, F Bushiri, P Moyo, L Chungwa, S Songani, M Mambare, D Ngoma, A Sadiki, K Mahachi, S Sithole, S Sithole, N Mazivisa, M Mburayi.

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