Zimbabwe's Sunday Chidzambwa calls up 13 South African-based stars for DRC 2019 AFCON qualifiers


The COSAFA Cup champions started their campaign with an emphatic 3-0 victory at home to Liberia in June last year before stealing a point away to Congo-Brazzaville - to remain top of the pool ahead of the DRC on goal difference.

A total of 13 players plying their trade in South Africa have been called up, with in-form Evans Rusike and Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United respectively - expected to play a leading role this month.

Both Cercle Brugge midfielder Nakamba and Amazulu's Karuru missed the 1-1 draw with Congo early in September due to injury.

The Warriors play the DRC in Kinshasa on October 10 before hosting the return leg in Harare three days later.

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City); Donovan Bernard (Ngezi Platinum Stars); Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs)

Defenders: Divine Xolile Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows); Tendayi David Darikwa (Nottingham Forest); Alec Takunda Mudimu (CEFN Druids AFC); Tapiwa Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic); Teenage Lingani Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs); Kevin Njabulo Moyo (FC Platinum); Eric Chipeta (Cape Umoya United); Byron Madzokere (Yadah Stars);

Midfielders: Marshal Nyasha Munetsi (Orlando Pirates); Tafadzwa Raphael Kutinyu (Azam); Danny Phiri (Lamontville Golden Arrows); Richard Hachiro (Herentals); Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah Stars); Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu); Marvellous Nakamba (Club Brugge KV)

Forwards: Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs); Talent Chawapihwa (Baroka); Knowledge Musona (RSC Anderlecht); Evans Rusike (SuperSport United); Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows)