Nine England-based players in Zimbabwe squad ahead of Malawi four nations tourney

Tawanda Chirewa

Zimbabwe have named eight England-based players in their squad for the upcoming four nations tournament in Malawi as the Southern African continues to infuse new young talent for the diaspora.

The Warriors will travel to Malawi for the mini tournament which will involve hosts, Zambia and Kenya.

The tournament will be played during the FIFA international break from March18-26, which means head coach Norman Mapeza can afford to assess some of the country’s brightest prospects plying their trade in England’s top leagues.

Highly rated young midfielder Tawanda Chirewa, who recently made his first team debut for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers headlines the long list of uncapped England-based players picked for the trip to Malawi.

He is joined in the squad by Leicester City striker Tawanda Maswanhise and youthful goalkeeper Marley Tavaziva who is in the development team of Premier League side Brentford.

Sheffield Wednesday right-back Joey Phuthi and Huddersfield Town’s Shane Maroodza have also been given an opportunity to showcase their talent at international level after being included in the squad to feature in the invitational mini-tournament.

Joey Phuti

Phuthi, 19, made his English Championship debut, playing in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss against Coventry City recently to mark his senior and professional debut with the club.

The youthful defender, who signed his first professional contract with the Owls in August, was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the UK six years ago when he was 12 years.

The youngster joined Sheffield Wednesday’s academy at the age of 13 and has worked his way up their age group teams.

There will also be an opportunity for 19-year-old Huddersfield left-back Maroodza to make his international debut for Zimbabwe in Malawi.

Maroodza was born in the England to Zimbabwean parents.

Shane Maroodza

After rising through the junior ranks  ranks at Leicester City, Maroodza signed for Huddersfield four years ago as a free agent.

Mapeza has also given an opportunity to striker Macauley Bonne of English League One club Cambridge United to make his return to the Warriors squad despite the player previously snubbing national team callups.

Midfielder Tivonge Rushesha of Reading will abe seeking to finally make his debut in Malawi after paperwork complications during the previous international break.

The already capped trio of Brendan Galloway, Andy Rinomhota and Jordan Zemura have also been included for the Lilongwe tournament, although former Bournemouth fullback Zemura is now with Serie A club Udinese.

Warriors squad:


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