Zimbabwe manager Zdravko Logarusic has chosen four DStv Premiership stars to be part of his 25-man squad at the upcoming COSAFA Cup.
Four stars who play in Mzansi's top flight have been called up by the Warriors, namely Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Evans Rusike (free agent), Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants) and Ovidy Karuru (Black Leopards), for the tournament.
Arubi has seemingly been rewarded with a call-up for the first time in six years after an ever-present 2020/21 season with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – now known as Marumo Pillars – during which they won the Nedbank Cup.
Karuru, who is set to leave Leopards, will be looking to repeat his 2017 COSAFA Cup feat, when he scored six goals, the most-ever in a single tournament.
Six-time winners Zimbabwe will be in Group C with Senegal, Mozambique and Namibia, and begin their campaign for a seventh title in this competition with a clash against the Mozambicans on 8 July.
"We are going to use players which we didn't see much during the AFCON qualification," manager Logarusic said of his team selection, according to The Herald.
"We will give chances to some players which are showing potential to become future stars and those who didn't get many minutes during qualification for AFCON. It's their chance to prove themselves.
"We are not going with the strongest squad; we didn't call 14 or 15 players top players who are regulars for the national team.
"We are not talking about whether we win or not. We are using this tournament to try to make our squad stronger for World Cup qualification and the AFCON tournament."
The Warriors' COSAFA Cup squad in full
Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants), Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF)
Defenders: MacClive Phiri (Sekhukhune United), Kelvin Moyo (Nkana), Carlos Mavhurume (CAPS United), Andrew Mbeba (Highlanders), Lennox Muchero (Yadah Stars), Godknows Murwira (Dynamos), Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Malvin Mkolo (Bulawayo Chiefs), Jimmy Dzingai (Nkana)
Midfielders: Blessing Sarupinda (CAPS United), Perfect Chikwende (Simba SC), Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City), Shadreck Nyahwa (Dynamos), Brian Banda (FC Platinum), King Nadolo (Dynamos), Nyasha Dube (Little Rock Rangers), Jonah Fabisch (Hamburger SV), Ovidy Karuru (Black Leopards), Richard Hachiro (CAPS United)
Strikers: Farau Matare (Bulawayo Chiefs), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Evans Rusike (Free agent)
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