Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
Lusaka Dynamos defender Dennis Dauda, FC Platinum defender Lawrence Mhlanga, Zanaco striker Tafadzwa Rusike, Young Africans SC midfielder Thabani Kamusoko and Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze have bounced back into the national team.
Polokwane City striker Walter Musona makes his debut in the senior team as they prepare for the COSAFA and AFCON tournaments respectively.
Speaking at a press conference held in the Capital yesterday assistant Coach Lloyd Mutasa who was standing in for Sunday Chidzambwa who had to attend a family emergency said:
“As coaches obviously we look at the players who are doing well currently and we also look at the opposition and it gives you direction in terms of the players you want to use.
“It’s an indication that all the players that we have chosen have got the pedigree to represent the country hence from the 34, we have to go with 23.
“So it’s like substitution by nomination. We will probably see those who will add value or not, remember there will be injuries as well.
“From those 34, we have those who we really know form the base of the national team and normally they don’t have much time together. Hence we are using this COSAFA platform for them to know each other and gel.
“And we are very much aware of the injuries that can come through hence we are saying it’s not a matter of us using all the players,” he said.
Mutasa added that he is confident and believes that they will go far.
“If you look at our strikers they all have been scoring, we have confidence in these players
“We have the likes of Abbas Amidu and Terrence Dzvukamanja who have been doing well but it’s a pity they are injured; we have a galaxy of players in Zimbabwe who are doing well it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t take all.
“What we can say now is that we have the pedigree as a nation to go far. But what we can assure you now is we are going to do better than we did last AFCON,” he said.