zimbabwe-national-team-the-warriors.jpgA 20-member Warriors squad to do duty for the country against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on the 15th of this month has been named, with captain Method Mwanjali being the notable absentee.

The Warriors’ technical department has named a 20-man team with Tapuwa Kapini and Washington Arubi selected as the goalkeepers that will do duty against South Africa.

Method Mwanjali who was at the heart of the Warriors defence in Zimbabwe’s entire AFCON 2012 campaign, will not feature in a defence that will be made up of Tapuwa Khumbuyani, Gilbert Mapemba, Daniel Vheremu, Thomas Sweswe, Lincoln Zvasiya, Vusa Nyoni, and Zhaimu Jambo.

In a telephone interview, Warriors head coach Norman Mapeza said the move to exclude Mwanjali was meant to give him a rest after playing in all of the Warriors’ 2012 AFCON qualifiers.

Back in the fold are Dynamos midfielder, Denver Mukamba and South African-based Ramson Zhuwawo who have also been included in the team.

Ovidy Karuru, Willard Katsande, Archiford Gutu, Tinashe Nengomasha, Kharma Billiart and Tafadzwa Rusike have retained their places in midfield.

Cuthbert Malajila, Nyasha Mushekwi and German-based Knowledge Musona are the strikers called for the showdown with Bafana Bafana, which is expected to kick start preparations for the 2013 AFCON and 2014 World Cup qualifiers.