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Kuda Mahachi to face South Africa Under-23

Posted: 14 July 2015 Time: 11:47

Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa has named his selection for the CAF Under-23 Championship qualifier against South Africa on Sunday and included Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Kuda Mahachi.

It remains to be seen whether the Brazilians will release Mahachi for the qualifier, which takes place at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare.

As the match falls outside of the FIFA calendar, they are not required to do so and with their start to pre-season having come so late, coach Pitso Mosimane could be keen to hold on to him in these vital few weeks.

There are also doubts over Dutch-based youngster Marvelous Nakamba from Vitesse Arnhem and Ronald Pfumbidzai, who recently signed for Danish side Hobro and is due at his new club this week.

Meanwhile, the FC Platinum duo of Walter Musona, brother of former Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge, and Wisdom Mutasa have been on trials in Slovakia and may not make it back in time to be considered for the game.

Musona trained with English champions Chelsea some years ago without winning a contract. He has also tried his luck at AmaZulu and Sundowns. 

Also included is Thomas Chideu, who was recently on trial at Ajax Cape Town and is said to have impressed Roger de Sa.

While South Africa had a bye in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers, Zimbabwe squeezed past Swaziland on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

The winner of the tie joins hosts Senegal and six other African countries at the African Under-23 Championships at the end the year.

The PSL plan to halt matches when the tournament is played from November 28 to December 12, but only if South Africa qualify.

They would then need to finish in the top three to reach the Olympic Games for just the second time in the country’s history after appearing in Sydney in 2000. 

Zimbabwe squad:

Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva, Donovan Benard, Criss Mverechena

Defenders: Ronald Pfumbidzai, Blessing Moyo, Carlos Rusere, Teenage Hadebe, Nqobizitha Masuku, Lawrence Mhlanga, Raphael Kutinyu, Jimmy Kanono, Farai Madhananga

Midfielders: Marshall Mudehwe, Gerald Takwara, Malvern Gaki, Wisdom Mutasa, Walter Musona, Kuda Mahachi, Marvelous Nakamba

Strikers: Thomas Chideu, Knox Mutizwa, Mgcini Sibanda, Tino Kadewere, Pritchard Mpelele

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