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

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results

Chiefs 1-0 Wits
Sundows 2-2 Highlands
Arrows 2-1 Pirates

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# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 30 60
2 Sundowns 30 57
3 Cape Town City 30 55
4 Kaizer Chiefs 30 50
5 SuperSport United 30 48
6 Polokwane City 30 43
7 Maritzburg Utd 30 38
8 Arrows 30 38
9 Platinum Stars 30 37
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 36
11 Orlando Pirates 30 33
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 29
13 Chippa United 30 28
14 Free State Stars 30 28
15 Baroka FC 30 28
16 Highlands Park 30 27

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