No rest for DeMbare trio

HARARE - The Dynamos trio of Ocean Mushure, Partson Jaure and Augustine Mbara is ready to put behind last weekend’s nightmare in Tunisia, as they return to North Africa with the national team.

Jaure, Mushure and Mbara are part of the Warriors squad that flew out of the country last night for next Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt just 48 hours after returning from Tunisia.

The three defenders were a part of the Dynamos back four that conceded three second half goals to Cub Athletic Bizertin last Sunday in the African Champions League first round qualifying encounter.

DeMbare seemed to be in control of the game at the October 15 Stadium in Bizerte after holding the Tunisians to a 0-0 scoreline at halftime but their world crumbled in the second half.  

Jaure, Mbara and Mushure must now quickly forget that dreadful second half performance against Bizertin and hope to inspire a new-look Warriors side pull off a shock against the seven-time African champions in their own backyard.

Mushure said: “I’m looking forward to going back to North Africa with the national team and I just hope we came back with a good result.

“We need to work together as a team and should cover each other whenever one of us makes a mistake on the pitch.

“This is the first time I have been called up to play for the national team and it’s my chance to prove to the coaches that I have what it takes to continue playing for the team.”

Jaure is eager to get back on the plane with the national team despite a taxing journey to Tunisia with his club.

“This is the profession that I have chosen and I will not make any excuses because of the travelling associated with being a professional footballer,” Jaure said.

“I’m more than ready to go to Egypt and represent my country because this is a big opportunity to showcase my talent.”

Concerning the lessons learnt in Tunisia, Jaure is hopeful that they will come to good use in Egypt against the Pharaohs.

Mbara, who normally plays at left back, was used as a centre back against Bizertin at the weekend is relishing another battle in North Africa, this time with the national team.

“Playing at centre back was not very difficult as I had expected in the first place,” Mbara said.

“The only difficult thing to deal with in North Africa is the weather. We found it hard to adjust to the cold conditions that we found in Tunisia.

“I think it was a good experience for us knowing that we will be going back to Egypt only a few days after returning from Tunisia.

“The North African teams play a similar game and the challenges that we met against the Tunisians is are likely going to be the same to those we will find in Egypt.”

Zimbabwe needs to get a good result against the Pharaohs if they wish to resurrect their 2014 World Cup dream.

The warriors currently sit in third place in Group G with a single point from two matches while Egypt lead the group with six points.

Guinea is in second place with three points while Mozambique is in fourth with a single point.


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