ZIMBABWE Under-23 head coach Kalisto Pasuwa has reached out to five foreign-based players, including highly-rated Everton defender Brendon Galloway, for an international football friendly match against Morocco in Marrakech next week.
The practice match is set for November 16 — a day reserved by Fifa for international matches.
The Young Warriors gaffer is also pursuing striker Munyaradzi Mbanje, who also plays in the United Kingdom for Leeds United Academy. A call has also been put through to Northampton striker David Moyo, Marvellous Nakamba, who plays for Netherlands top-flight league side Vitesse, and Mamelodi Sundowns winger Kuda Mahachi.
However, of the five foreign-based stars, only Nakamba has confirmed his availability for the international friendly so far.
Pasuwa and his technical team are still trying to tie up some loose ends in their bid to fly in the other four players ahead of the encounter against Morocco.
It, however, appears Sweden-stationed Archford Gutu and teenage sensation Macauley Bonne of English League One side Colchester United will not be part of the squad to travel to Morocco for the friendly match as no efforts have been made to contact them so far.
Bonne was born in England to Zimbabwean parents and has already declared his interest to play for the Warriors.
But Galloway, an Everton summer signing from MK Dons where he made 17 appearances and can also play as a defensive midfielder, has represented England at Under-17, Under-18 and Under -19 levels and is touted as the brightest prospect for both club and country.
Zimbabwe, who lost 1-0 to Botswana in their first international friendly this year before beating Swaziland 2-0, are preparing for the Under-23 African Championships qualifiers and the All-Africa Games qualifiers.
The Young Warriors face Swaziland in Mbabane in the first round of the All-Africa Games qualifier in February before hosting them in March for the second leg next year.
The winner between the two will then meet Cameroon in the second round.
Pasuwa’s men will also face Swaziland in the African Championship qualifying campaign in April and should they win the encounter, they will face neighbours South Africa in the second round with Senegal awaiting in the third round should they triumph.
The full squad is expected to be released today, but the Ebola virus remains a threat to the practice match as Morocco has asked the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to have the 2015 African Cup of Nations tournament they are hosting postponed because of the virus.
However, Caf has said no to the postponement and asked Morocco to make their position clear by Saturday.
Name: Brendon Joel Zibusiso Galloway
Honours: England Under 17, Under-18 and Under-19
Name: David Philani Moyo
Club: Northampton Town
Name: Munyaradzi Mbanje-Tande
Club: Leeds Academy
Name: Marvelous Nakamba
Name: Kudakwashe Mahachi
Club: Mamelodi Sundowns