HARARE – Zimbabwe have continued pursuit of new young talent from England’s top leagues after naming a new group for a forthcoming four-nations tournament in Malawi involving the hosts, Zambia and Kenya.

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.

Shane Maroodza.

The Premier League pair of Leicester City striker Tawanda Maswanhise and Wolverhampton Wanders defender Tawanda Chirewa are the most prominent new call-ups. Then there are defenders Shane Maroodza and Joey Phuthi of Championship sides Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, among the newcomers raised in the English system.

Goalkeeper Marley Tavaziva of Brentford, midfielder Tivonge Rushesha of Reading and Cambridge United forward Macauley Bonne have all previously been selected by Zimbabwe but weren’t capped.

Former national team captain Norman Mapeza returns to guide the side in Malawi on interim basis yet again.

Zimbabwe, who have been trying to overturn their fortunes by including players either born or raised in the UK, will use the matches in Lilongwe to prepare for the resumption of World Cup qualifiers in June.


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