Afcon 2019: Cranes opponents Zimbabwe reveal provisional squad

Khama Billiant celebrates a goal for Zimbabwe, he is part of the 34 man squad as the Warriors prepare for the AFCON finals

Uganda Cranes Group A opponents Zimbabwe have named a 34-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the Cosafa Cup.

The team is largely changed from the one that featured in the qualifiers and topped a tough group that had Liberia and DR Congo among others.

The experienced captain Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, George Chigova, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Evans Rusike, Marvelous Nakamba, Tendai Darikwa, and Alec Mudimu Mushekwi are all part of the squad.

The team will first play in the Cosafa Cup in South Africa before the final squad is selected for the Africa Cup of Nations.

They also play a friendly match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, which are going to be used as a dress rehearsal for the Afcon finals.

We are going to play two matches at the Cosafa tournament and then 18 players will leave for Nigeria for the friendly match on June 8, while the rest remains in South Africa. Five players will then be picked to follow the 18 players in Nigeria to make a 23-member squad.

The Warriors are also targeting another warm-up game to be played on May 25 after they failed to agree with Ghana whom they had targeted to play on that date.

The Zimbabwe Squad:

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka), Talbert Shumba (Chapungu)

Defenders: Dennis Dauda (Lusaka Dynamos), Lawrence Mhlanga (FC Platinum), Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos), Byron Madzokere (Yadah Stars), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest)

Midfielders: Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Butholezwe Ncube (AmaZulu), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Orlando Pirates), Tafadzwa Rusike (Zanaco), Richard Hachiro (Herentals), Talent Chawapihwa (AmaZulu), Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah), Knowledge Musona (Lokeren), Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans), Rodwell Chinyengetere (Baroka)

Strikers: Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Walter Musona (Polokwane City), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Admiral Muskwe (Leicester City)

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