MONOMOTAPA defender Obey Mwerahari was the only local addition to the Warriors squad after he was included in the side that will face Mozambique in Zimbabwe’s last 2014 World Cup qualifier in Harare on September 8. Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa has kept faith in the side that beat Zambia 1-0 in Ndola to qualify for the African Nations Championships with Kaizer Chiefs anchorman Willard Katsande being the only addition from the country’s foreign-based professional dotted around South Africa and Europe.
It is the first time that Mwerahari has been included in the Warriors squad having previously played for the national junior teams.
With the Warriors having nothing to play for after their World Cup campaign collapsed before reaching the halfway stage, Gorowa has sought to use the clash against Mozambique to build on his CHAN side.
The Warriors will, two days after playing Mozambique, face Bafana Bafana in an international friendly at a venue yet to be announced by Safa.
It is in that game that the national coach wants to use the bulk of those players based in South Africa.
But for Mwerahari, who is at home either as a wingback, holding midfielder or central defender, the call up is a dream come true and a chance to re-unite with some of his former Young Warriors teammates.
“I am happy. It is every player’s wish to play for the national team. So this is really an opportunity. I always put extra effort whenever I’m playing because you never know who is watching. I will fight for a place in the team and hope that I will add value, the squad” said Mwerahari.
The player added that the CHAN tournament, which caters for local based players will give exposure to a lot of players.
“We are happy that there is this tournament (CHAN) and most players would be able to play at a bigger platform and showcase their talent.
“It will improve our game and I’m sure from now on, most of the players would be working hard and fighting hard at their clubs so that they get noticed by the national team coaches,” said Mwerahari.
George Chigova, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati, Oscar Machapa (Dynamos), Munyaradzi Diya, Masimba Mambare, Peter Moyo, Bruce Kangwa, Milton Ncube (Highlanders), Tafadzwa Dube, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Dominic Chungwa (CAPS United), Eric Chipeta (Hwange), Ali Sadiki, Nelson Maziwisa, Charles Sibanda, Donald Ngoma (FC Platinum), Felix Chindungwe, Kuda Mahachi, Danny Phiri (Chicken Inn), Silas Songani (Harare City), Obey Mwerahari (Monomotapa), Blessing Chimwamuchere (Triangle), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs).