Benjani in Zimbabwe squad

HARARE - Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari has been named in a 29-man squad for Zimbabwe who host Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Harare's Rufaro Stadium on March 25.

HARARE - Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari has been named in a 29-man squad for Zimbabwe who host Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Harare's Rufaro Stadium on March 25.

Mwaruwari, appointed captain of the side last year, is one of 22 foreign-based players named by coach Charles Mhlauri, the Zimbabwe Football Association said.

Zimbabwe must win the match to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the 2008 Afcon in Ghana.

Last month they had to cancel an internation friendly in Lesotho because they could not raise the money for the trip.

Squad:

Goalkeepers - Washington Arubi (Highlanders), Tafadzwa Dube (Masvingo United), Tapuwa Kapini (Silver Stars).

Defenders - Onismo Bhasera (Maritzburg United), Dickson Choto, Herbert Dick (both Legia Warsaw, Poland), Noel Kaseke (EN Paralimni, Cyprus), David Kutyauripo (CAPS United), Zvenyika Makonese (Santos), James Matola (SuperSport United), Method Mwanjali (CAPS United), Bekithemba Ndlovu (Silver Stars), Charles Yohane (FC AK).

Midfielders - Cephas Chimedza (St Truiden, Belgium), Carrington Gomba (Hwange), Honour Gombami (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Joel Luphahla (Silver Stars), Clement Matawu (Motor Action), Peter Ndlovu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs), Esrom Nyandoro (Mamelodi Sundowns), Vusa Nyoni (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Edward Sadomba (Dynamos)

Strikers - Evans Gwekwerere (Moroka Swallows, South Africa), Shingayi Kawondera (SuperSport United), Musa Mguni (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus), Gilbert Mushangazhike (Jiangsu Shuntian, China), Benjani Mwaruwari (Portsmouth, England), Joseph Ngwenya (Columbus Crew, US). - Reuters

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