Former Warriors midfielder Ronald Sibanda has singled out some of the local players who have been impressive this season and urged national team coach Sunday Chidzambwa to include them in the COSAFA Cup squad.

Chidzambwa is this week expected to name a provisional squad ahead of the tournament which starts in South Africa from May 27 to June 9.

“I’m confident they are going to reward some of the players that have been consistent performers in the domestic league,” Sibanda told The Chronicle.

“If I’m to single out the players that have been impressive for me so far, Highlanders’ McClive Phiri and Chicken Inn’s Divine Lunga are the best wingbacks.

“I know that the Warriors will be using Cosafa to prepare for the Total African Cup of Nations that get underway in September, but this tournament should also be used to reward players that have been doing well in the domestic league.”

Chidzambwa revealed last week he will include regular players from the first team and will use the tournament to prepare for the Afcon qualifiers set for September.

The Warriors’ first match in defence of the Cosafa Cup title will be against Group B winners in the quarter-final stage.