The identity of the 23 players to make it to Egpyt is starting to get clearer if reports from South Africa are anything to go by.
Reports indicate that three players could have forced themselves onto the plane to AFCON by their performances in the 2-0 win over Comoros as well as in training.
According to Newsday sources, Thabani Kamusoko, Butolezwe Ncube and Elvis Chipezeze have secured places in the final 23-man squad. Said the sources:
Thabani did well and the coach was convinced he is the sort of player that he needs to add some steel in midfield. He will definitely be on the plane to Egypt.
Butholezwe is likely to be picked. He is a very good player, and Mhofu (Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambga) likes his kind of play. He has one foot in, and so is Chipezeze. He is doing fantastic at training and should be able to nudge Talbert out of the way.
Chipezeze stole the show in the loss to Zambia on penalties after making a series of impossible saves as well as saving a penalty during normal time.
Chipezeze will likely get the third slot for goalkeepers behind first choice George Chigova and second choice Edmore Sibanda.
Warriors assistant coach Rahman Gumbo disclosed that the bulk of the final squad will be made up of players who have taken part during the qualifiers. He said:
There is a squad that we have been working with from the beginning of the qualifiers, and to be honest it would be very unfair to drop somebody who has been there from the start unless there are injuries.
But there are some players who have come in now and have given us some very good performances so much that they could be part of the Afcon squad.
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