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

poll

results

Arrows 0-2 Chiefs
Pirates 1-2 Celtic
Maritzburg 1-1 Wits
Highlands P 2-2 P Stars

fixtures

Chiefs vs FS Stars
Wits vs Ajax CT
CT City vs Highlands P
P Stars vs Pirates

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 13 25
2 Cape Town City 14 25
3 Kaizer Chiefs 15 24
3 SuperSport United 13 22
5 Polokwane City 14 21
6 Arrows 14 20
7 Maritzburg Utd 15 19
8 Orlando Pirates 13 18
9 Sundowns 8 16
10 Chippa United 13 16
11 Ajax Cape Town 14 15
12 Bloem Celtic 14 15
13 Platinum Stars 14 14
14 Highlands Park 15 13
15 Baroka FC 14 12
16 Free State Stars 14 11