CallistoPasuwa is widely expected to reveal the players who will be a part of the Zimbabwe national team at the 2017 Nations Cup finals.
Most of the squad which is expected to be in the mind of the manager will be revealed through his team’s for the upcoming friendly games against Zambia and Tanzania. Both these are high-profile friendly games for the Zimbabwe national team and doing well is of major priority if the team is to maintain their confidence going into the finals. Zimbabwe have suffered only one defeat in the last six matches of all competitions, but it came in a away match against Guinea.
The upcoming friendlies against Zambia and Tanzania are the final games for the Zimbabwe national team before they take part in the finals. Zimbabwe have been grouped alongside Algeria, Senegal, and Tunisia at the 2017 African Cup of Nations. The National Sports stadium will be hosting both the matches, and it will be a great test for Zimbabwe considering that Zambia are part of the World Cup 2018 qualification chasing teams from Africa.
The 2017 African Cup of Nations starts on January 15 for Zimbabwe with the opening match set against Algeria at the Stade de Franceville.
As one of the strongest teams at the tournament, Algeria are early favourites for the title.”That is a done deal and it’s good for us to play a country like Zambia, who have won the AFCON tournament before, and have always given us a good run for our money whenever we meet them. They are ranked higher than us and are considered, by the FIFA rankings, to be a stronger football nation than us but we know that our team is getting better and better and that is why we are the only country from Southern Africa who will be in Gabon,” said ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa.