COSAFA Cup An Opportunity For Fringe Players – Mpandare

Warriors fringe players are set to get an opportunity to showcase their talents in national team colours at this year’s COSAFA Cup set for 7-18 July in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

The Warriors have been drawn to play against West African guest nation Senegal, Mozambique and 2015 Cosafa Cup winners Namibia in Group C.

Zimbabwe will unlikely to field its star players in the COSAFA Cup as the tournament will be played outside the FIFA window.

The likes of Knowledge Musona, Marshal Munetsi, Tinotenda Kadewere, Teenage Hadebe and Marvelous Nakamba will not be called up even though they are on their off-season break.

Warriors team manager, Wellington Mpandare, revealed that peripheral players will be considered for the COSAFA tournament. He said:

It does not help to have Knowledge, Tino, Munetsi and Teenage when we want to try other players in their positions, if those players are called up it means they have to play and besides COSAFA is not on the FIFA window.

Mpandare indicated that the Warriors will head into camp on 27 June once the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) gives the green light.

READ MORE: COSAFA Cup Draw: Zimbabwe To Face Senegal

Zimbabwe are the most successful teams in the Cosafa Cup with six wins since the tournament started in 1997. They are followed by Zambia (five), South Africa (four), Angola (three) and Namibia (one).

The Warriors last won the Cosafa Cup in 2018 when they defeated Zambia 4-2 after extra time in the final played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa.

More: The Sunday News

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