HIGHLANDERS forward Masimba Mambare has been handed the arm band to lead the Warriors at the COSAFA Castle Cup tournament set to kick off in Zambia at the weekend.
Mambare was part of the squad that battled to a 1-1 draw against Malawi in an international friendly match last month and it appears he has impressed Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels as he has been given the huge responsibility to lead the team at the regional tournament.
Pagels, isexpected back home from his native Germany on Saturday ahead of the trip to Zambia.
Zimbabwe has appeared in six finals and won four titles since the inauguration of the tournament in 1997. Now under Pagels, Zimbabwe would be out to claim a fifth Cosafa crown.
Pagels’ squad for Zambia includes rookie strikers Lot Chiwunga and Chicken Inn’s Tendai Ndoro who currently leads the Castle Lager Premier Soccer goal-scoring charts with ten goals.
The tournament returns after a three-year absence and Zimbabwe who arrive in Zambia as defending champions after winning the 2009 edition they hosted- begin their campaign at the quarter final stage with a date against the Flames of Malawi on 13 July.
Goalkeepers: M Nyamupanedengu, M Dhiya, T Dube
Defenders: H Zvirekwi, F Chindungwe, O Mushure, E Chipeta, N Guyo
Midfielders: P Matizanadzo, M Mambare, D Chafa, C Sibanda, S Songani, R Chitiyo, N Alifandika
Strikers: T Ndoro, S Sithole, L Chiunga, L Chibwiro, A SadikiAdvertisement