By Nigel Matongorere
HARARE – Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has recalled goalkeeper Washington Arubi, forward Nyasha Mushekwi and midfielder Quincy Antipas for next month’s 2017 Afcon qualifier against Guinea.
The Warriors take on the Syli Nationale on September 6 at Rufaro Stadium in their second game in Group L.
Arubi, Mushekwi and Antipas had been sidelined in the past by Pasuwa, who had been given a brief by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to build a squad made up of players mostly under the age of 23.
Mushekwi has been scoring for fun for his Swedish side Djurgardens IF where he has netted 11 times in the last 20 appearances.
Antipas is yet to play for his club Hobro in Denmark this season but he has been recalled to the Warriors fold basing on his form last season.
Arubi has been a consistent performer between the sticks for South African Premiership side University of Pretoria since joining in 2012.
This season he has started both matches AmaTurks have played so far conceding a single goal in the process.
Also recalled by Pusuwa, who only returned to his post as Warriors coach on Saturday after he was paid his outstanding salaries by Zifa, is former Kaizer Chiefs winger Matthew Rusike now playing for Swedish side Halmstads.
Rusike joined Halmstads last month and has already scored two goals for his new side.
The former Chiefs player was on target at the weekend when his new side drew 2-2 with Orebro.
Rusike opened his account the previous weekend when Halmstads beat Trelleborg 2-1.
Pasuwa also called up the United Kingdom-based duo of Burnley United’s Tendai Darikwa and Bonnie Macauley of Colchester United.
It is not clear yet whether the duo will honour their call ups for this clash.
Czech Republic-based full back Costa Nhamoinesu, who plays for Sparta Prague has also been called up after a long absence from the side.
Nhamoinesu has been included in previous squads by Pasuwa but pulled out for various reasons. It is not clear whether he will report for duty.
Pasuwa has been forced to cast his net wider as the fixture clashes with the Young Warriors’ assignment in Congo Brazzaville for the 2015 African Games which start on September 3.
Most of the players who represented Zimbabwe in their opening match in Group L when they beat Malawi 2-1 away back in June have been included in the African Games squad.
“We are playing at home, but we should take this game seriously and be triumphant to ensure that we qualify for the finals,” Pasuwa told the Zifa website.
“Guinea is a great team and we appeal to the football fraternity and the nation for their support to help the boys’ efforts.”
Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi (University of Pretoria), Elvin Chipezeze (Chicken Inn), Tatenda Munditi (Harare City)
Defenders: Hardlife Zvirekwi, Justice Jangano (CAPS United), Tendai Darikwa (Burnley United) Milton Ncube (Ajax Cape Town) Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague), Patson Jaure (University of Pretoria), Teenage Hadebe (Highlanders)
Midfielders: Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs), Danny Phiri (Chicken Inn), Bonnie Macauley (Colchester United), Khama Billiat (Sundowns), Kuda Mahachi (Sundowns), Quincy Antipas (Hobro IK)
Strikers: Edmore Chirambadare (Chicken Inn), Knowledge Musona (K.V. Oostende), Mathew Rusike (Halmstads BK), Nyasha Mushekwi (Djurgardens), Cuthbert Malajila (Sundowns). Daily News