Gumbo names squad for Nations Cup

Zimbabwe national team coach Rahman Gumbo has called a provisional 26 member squad that includes talismanic striker Knowledge Musona for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola set for the National Sports Stadium on September 9.


Musona has told the Zimbabwe Football Association that he will not turn out for the Warriors until Zifa makes an apology after Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze made allegations of make fixing in Zimbabwe’s two World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique.

However Gumbo said he was not looking at the problems between the two parties and has called the player who scored the decisive goal against Burundi that saw Zimbabwe qualify for the final round.

There are also places for Romania based Mike Temwanjira and Denmark based Quincy Antipas who make up part of the European contingent called for the final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola at the National Sports Stadium.

The National Sports Stadium has been cleared to host international matches after undergoing renovations for a month and will play host to the domestic game pitting Caps United and Dynamos over this weekend.

Temwanjira and Antipas are the only new faces in a team that has not changed much following their appearance in two World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique and an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi.

In a squad of youth and experience, Gumbo has also included is Nelson Mazivisa, the leading goalscorer in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League who apart from Temwanjira and Antipas will have to compete for places with Orlando Pirates striker Takesure Chinyama.

The defence takes shape in its solidity with Mamelodi Sundowns’ former captain Esrom Nyandoro retaining his place following a splendid performance against Burundi.

Zimbabwe needs a goal harvest at home on September 9 before the return leg in Angola during the weekend of October 12 to 14.

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