By Sports Reporter
Eighteen soccer players have been called for the international friendly match against Malawi on Sunday, October 11.at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Half of the squad are local based and most of these players have not had any meaningful game time this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
In a statement, ZIFA communication officer Xolisani Gwesela said that the announcement was delayed due to government clearances.
“The list would have been announced before the commencement of the international break as is the norm, but the announcement had to be delayed until we had clearance from government to travel to Malawi for the match. The government approved our request to travel to play Malawi on 8 October 2020. Due to travel embargoes in place because of the covid-19 pandemic, some players from abroad whom the coach wished to assess will not make it for this match.”
Gwesela also said that the nine local based players were going in preparation of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
“Consequently, the technical team incorporated nine locally based players into the team, with one eye on the upcoming 2021 African Nations Championship.” Gwesela said.
The team leaves for Blantyre this Friday, 9 October 2020.
Below is the called up team.
- Talbert Shumba (Triangle United)
- Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
- Ian Nekati (Chicken Inn)
- Qadr Amin (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
- Alec Mudimu (Sherriff Tiraspol)
- Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Buildcon)
- Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor)
- MacClive Phiri (Sekhukhune United)
- Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana FC)
- Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa)
- Tanaka Chinyahara (Red Arrows)
- Ishamel Wadi (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
- Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs)
- Wellington Taderera (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
- Phenias Bamusi (Caps United
- King Nadolo (Dynamos)
- Charlton Mashumba (Polokwane City)
- Stanley Ngala (FC Platinum)