Antipas turns to Spain

Sport Zimbabwe

ZTN Sports Reporter

WARRIORS coach Joey Antipas has turned to Spain based goalkeeper Martin Mapisa to address the team’s goalkeeping weaknesses.

Mapisa, the Valeza goalkeeper, has been included in the team that will face Botswana and Zambia in World Cup qualifiers.

Elvis Chipezeze of Baroka is currently the first-choice goalkeeper but his mistakes at the Africa Cup of Nations finals against DRC are still worrisome to many.

There was no place for big goalkeepers George Chigova and Edmore Sibanda who are not convincing at their South Africa based clubs.

But Mapisa is seen as a long term solution to the team’s goalkeeping woes, and at 20 he might be backed to reach the heights of veteran Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar who did well for Zimbabwe before.

Goalkeepers: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka) Martin Mapisa (Velez CF) Simbarashe Chinani (Dynamos)

Defenders: Douglas Nyaupembe (Stockport County) Ian Nekati (ZPC Kariba) Tivonge Rushesha (Swansea City) Cliff Moyo (Kidderminister Harriers) Divine Lunga (Lamontville Golden Arrows) Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers) Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth) Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic) Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor) Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids) Partson Jaure (Manica Diamonds) Kelvin Moyo (Chippa United)

Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims) Thabani Kamusoko (Zesco United) Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu) Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu) Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United) Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) Phenias Bamusi (Caps United) Jonah Fabisch (Hamburger SV)

Strikers: Admiral Muskwe (Leicester City) Terrence Dzvukamanja (Bidvest Wits) Prince Dube (Highlanders) Knowledge Musona (RSC Anderlecht) Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC) Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows) Macauley Bonne (Charlton Athletic) Evans Rusike (SuperSport United)