Sensational Zanaco FC midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike has spoken of his delight at being called up to his country’s national team for the first time since 2013 ahead of the COSAFA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

Zimbabwe coach, Sunday Chidzambwa named his 34-man provisional squad for the COSAFA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

The former Ajax Cape Town and CAPS United midfielder told Zanaco FC Media that he is very delighted to have been invited to play for his country.

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“First of all, I want to thank God, I couldn’t wait to play for my national team.

I’ve been praying each and every day to be there, at least now I got a call-up, I just need to work extra hard in order to play for my country.” Rusike told Zanaco FC Media in an interview moments after receiving news on his call-up.

Rusike’s form at Zanaco appears to have paid off with his national team call up, but the midfielder wants to put in more so that he can earn himself a place in the final team.

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“It’s not easy, these guys (my team mates) have been working hard at national team.

I think, so far I’ve been doing well here in Zambia, I just need to work extra hard and do more for my country.” He added

Rusike is one of the three players summoned to the Warriors preliminary squad from the FAZ/MTN Super League with others being Jimmy Dzingai and Dennis Dauda from Lusaka Dynamos and Power Dynamos respectively.

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