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Team ZimbabweTeam Zimbabwe UK have announced that this year, they are fielding  two Zimbabwean Teams at the African Nations Cup UK Tournament to be held in London this weekend at the Hackney Marshes Grounds, dubbed by many as the home of English grassroots football. Thomas Thomik the project Admistrator for the UK based organisation said,  " This year is our year. We have registered two strong teams in the tournament, our Senior team and the Under 17 which is full of vibrant youngsters. We're read to conquer  and we have worked hard organisation wise" The Zimbabwean teams are composed of Zimbabwean players playing professional and semi-professional in the UK Diaspora and Europe. Amongst the Under 17 is teenage sensation Shamar Bako, who was recently signed by Northampton FC . The senior team includes the likes of Farai Hallam; Shamido Pedullu, Muzzy Nduna who are all playing in the lower tear of English  football and almost ready to transfer to the main Zimbabwe national team. The Under 17 Team Manager Trevor Mazhandu who is working alongside Chamu Musanhu and Kennedy Chihuri said, "The preparations have gone well and we are happy with the talent available most of whom at Under 17 have been exposed to league football with their respective clubs. I'm very confident that we will come out of our group." Trevor is a qualified coach who also works for West Bromwich Albion on a full time capacity. Contrary to the juniors, the senior team has had a massive reshuffle will a lot of the old horses now discarded by  new manager Kelvin Mushabi. The former Caps United player has brought in  new faces in the team. He introduced a tough cooper fitness  test prior to admiting players in the team. Kevin is suppoted by Obey Murefu and Innocent Mugabe as part of his technical  team. The Zimbabwe Senior Team was drawn in  the group of death (Group A) with  holders Cameron ; Nigeria; Zanziba and Equatorial Guinea.  The Young Warriors are in Group A with Angola and Somalialand. There is hope and optimism in the Zimbabwe camp. Moral was boosted this week when kit sponsors Greenshoot Specialised  Care Services Limited  bought two football kits and track suits for the juniors.

The project CEO Marshall Gore appreciate and thanked the sponsor's including Flexi Coventry Limited who have also helped by chipping in with financial assistance to the project on several occasions. Gore is also the Chairman of the African Football Association which runs the Afcon tournament. Team Zimbabwe UK  is also planning to launch its merchandise sales this year by unveiling it's official shirt for the tournament and track suits to go on sale to the public. Team Zimbaber UK

Chairman Liberty Masunda said, " We're making progress  every year this year our reparations have been smooth and excellent. We're aiming for the moon,  if we miss we will hit at least a star".  Team  Zimbaber UK is appealing to all the entire Zimbabwe Community in the UK to come and support the Boys. For more information; on the line ups see below

Senior Team.

Goalkeepers

Paradzai Chihwayi
Prosper Tasi Nyambiya
Obey Murefu

Defenders

Eddie Mudzi
Nkosi Muzungwana
Tatenda Bako
Martin Chirimuuta
Chazi Hokoza
Farai Hallam 
Musa Stamburi (u17)
Gray Marikano
Tawanda Kujeke
Prince Zongo Mazwi

Midfielders

Raymond Undi
Jones Moyo
Kelvin Mushambi
Tatenda Makoni 
Takunda Mushambi (u17)
Tanaka Katsukunya (u17)
Bestone Jr Matabile (u17)

Strikers/Wingers

Emmanuel Ndlovu   
Muzzy Nduna
Dan Jones
Brian Ndlovu
Lloyd Dube-Palmer
Ronnie Jones
Shepherd Machingauta
Brighton Mugadza
Shamido Llewellyn Pedulu
Tendai Chitiza

Young Warriors
The stage is set for a new era of Zimbabwean football!
Team Zimbabwe UK has for the first time since their formation, entered a junior team in the Africa Cup of Nations UK tournament. The aim of the project is to provide a platform for any talented young footballer of Zimbabwean descent to showcase their talent. We aim through our partnerships with the newly formed Zimbabwe football governing body National Football Association of Zimbabwe (NFAZ) (formerly known as ZIFA) to provide a pathway to allow those talented enough to get at least a chance to train and play for the official Zimbabwe Junior and eventually senior  teams. To spearhead this exciting challenge, Team Zimbabwe UK appointed a strong contingent comprising of former Zimbabwe warriors and top qualified coaches. The project is being headed by Trevor Mazhande, an FA and UEFA B qualified coach who has vast experience working in junior football within the United Kingdom and abroad and is currently attached to a premier league football club in the midlands. 
Trevor will work alongside former Zimbabwe football Internationals, Kennedy Chihuri and Chamu Musanhu. Chihuri played 200 matches in the Czech Gambrinus Liga for FK Viktoria Žižkov. He was the first black player in the Czech league and went on to make 30 appearances for the Zimbabwe national football team. Musanhu is one of the most outstanding defenders of his generation who made a name in the footballing circles while playing for Dynamos Football Club. He was called up to represent the national under 23 and senior senior teams. These two stalwarts are both FA qualified coaches, working in youth football in the UK. The trio will also work with Martin Chirimuuta and Brian Ndlovu who are both FA qualified and heavily involved in youth Football.

The management team came together and carried out a number of trial sessions across the United Kingdom to give as many players a chance to showcase their talents. The first of these trial sessions took place in Nottingham on the eve of Zimbabwe’s 36th Birthday. This was followed by another well attended session on May 14th at the Forest Recreation Ground, again in Nottingham. A couple more trial sessions in Leeds and Dunstable preceded friendly matches against Angola UK and Team Dynamos FC of Leeds. The coaches feel confident with their squad of 24 players who they have entrusted to launch what they term “the future of Zimbabwean football”. 
Squad names:

GOALKEEPERS 
Simba Mdianyama
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DEFENDERS 
Jerrold Matsa
Wayne Ndlovu
Muss Stamburi
Sheldon Mudzidziwa
Pro Ncube
Frederick Malunga

MIDFIELDERS 
Seth Patrick
Tanaka Katsukunya
Tatenda Maramba
Tyrone Sibanda
Takunda Mushambi
Prince Banda
Arnold Ndiweni
Kenny Tafireyi

STRIKERS 
Kuda Mdianyama
Panashe Robert
Martin Zulu
Ryan Makwenje
Bestone Matabile
Sharma Bako
Munashe Chirera
Shekinnah Chipfatsure

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