South Africa-based Tinashe Nengomasha has been named in the Zimbabwe squad to face Angola in the second leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Luanda on October 14.
The BidVest Wits midfielder missed the 3-1 first leg win for his side after his club refused to release him for national team duty as the Zimbabwe Football Association had not followed Fifa rules and requested his release 14 days prior to the fixture.
The Warriors also missed leading scorer Knowledge Musona for the same reason after his German Bundesliga side Augsburg also refused to allow him to travel.
Nengomasha is one of seven South African-based players in coach Rahman Gumbo’s squad for the Angola game.
Black Leopards’ in-form striker Brian Amidu has been included, along with Orlando Pirates forward Takesure Chinyama and Ajax Cape Town’s Khama Billiat.
Billiat was brilliant in the first leg and is a certain starter, while Chinyama has looked short of match fitness for Bucs in recent weeks.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ veteran midfielder Esrom Nyandoro makes the cut and could form part of an experienced midfield alongside Nengomasha, while AmaZulu defender Carlington Nyadombo, who scored an own goal against Platinum Stars at the weekend, also gets the nod.
Moroka Swallows winger Oscar Machapa has also been included despite not getting much game-time with his club this season.
The South African PSL has become a favourite home for Zimbabwean players in recent years, with the country providing easily the most foreign players to the League.