African News 6.1.2017 12:26 pm

Zimbabwe pick eight SA-based stars

Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs (Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs (Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

It will be the third appearance by Zimbabwe in the tournament.

The ‘Warriors’ will be the outsiders this month in Group B, where they will play former champions Algeria and Tunisia, and Senegal, with the top two finishers advancing to the quarter-finals.

It will be the third appearance by Zimbabwe in the tournament — they were eliminated after the first round in Tunisia in 2004 and suffered a similar fate in Egypt two years later.

Wide attacker Billiat was a key player for South African club Mamelodi Sundowns when they won the CAF Champions League for the first time last year.

He is one of three finalists for the Africa-based Footballer of the Year award, which will be announced in Abuja late Thursday.

Should he succeed, former Harare clothing store worker Billiat will become the first Zimbabwean to win a major CAF individual award.

Katsande from popular Soweto club Kaizer Chiefs fulfils an ‘enforcer’ role, positioning himself in front the central defenders to thwart attacks.

Zimbabwe squad

Goalkeepers: Donovan Bernard (How Mine), Takabva Mawaya (ZPC Kariba), Tatenda Mkuruva (Dynamos)

Defenders: Teenage Hadebe, Lawrence Mhlanga (both Chicken Inn), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport Utd/RSA), Bruce Kangwa (Azam/TAN), Oscar Machapa (V Club/COD), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos), Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague/CZE), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS Utd)

Midfielders: Kudakwashe Mahachi, Danny Phiri (both Golden Arrows/RSA), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs/RSA, capt), Marvelous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem/NED)

Strikers: Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens/SWE), Cuthbert Malajila (Wits/RSA), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang/CHN), Knowledge Musona (Ostend/BEL), Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates/RSA), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg/RSA), Mathew Rusike (CS Sfaxien/TUN)

Coach: Kallisto Pasuwa

results

Highlands P 1-0 Maritzburg
Baroka FC 2-2 Chiefs
Ajax CT 2-2 FS Stars

fixtures

Arrows vs Highlands P
P City vs Celtic
FS Stars vs Pirates

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Cape Town City 21 39
2 Bidvest Wits 19 38
3 SuperSport United 20 37
4 Kaizer Chiefs 21 36
5 Sundowns 17 34
6 Polokwane City 21 27
7 Arrows 21 27
8 Platinum Stars 20 25
9 Chippa United 21 23
10 Maritzburg Utd 21 23
11 Orlando Pirates 20 23
12 Ajax Cape Town 21 22
13 Highlands Park 21 20
14 Bloem Celtic 20 19
15 Free State Stars 21 19
16 Baroka FC 21 15

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