HARARE – Warriors coach Norman Mapeza got a major boost ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ghana after the UK government on Friday confirmed that vaccinated players can now fulfil international fixtures in red zone countries.
England based players, star midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, defenders Brandon Galloway, Tendayi Darikwa and Jordan Zemura failed to honour the last four international call ups because of the restrictions as Zimbabwe is among the countries deemed red zones by the UK government.
But the latest announcement by the UK government means the four can now fly into Ghana on October 6 for the match on October 9 in Cape Coast and travel to Harare for the return fixture on October 12.
The players are however mandated to adhere to a strict code of conduct regarding, close contacts, transport, testing and bubbles.
They will have to quarantine in custom made facilities for 10 days upon arrival back in the UK. The conditions will allow the players to leave quarantine for training once a day.
Zimbabwe Provisional Squad named by Norman Mapeza:
Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF), Talbert Shumba (Free State Stars), Washington Arubi (Marumo Gallants)
Alec Mudimu (Torpedo Kutaisi), Brendan Galloway (Pymouth Aygle), Bruce Kangwa (Azam FC), Jordan Zemura (AFC Bournemouth), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United), Rahman Kutsanzira (FC Platinum), Teenage Hadebe (Houston Dynamo), Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan)
Blessing Sarupinda (Sekhukhune), Farai Madhanaga (Marumo Gallants), Kelvin Madzongwe (FC Platinum), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kuda Mahachi (SuperSport), Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Never Tigere (Azam), Marvellous Nakamba, (Aston Villa), Perfect Chikwende (Simba FC) Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco).
Knowledge Musona (Al Tai), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Terrence Dzvukamanja (Orlando Pirates)