We will attack: Pagels

HARARE - Zimbabwe national football coach Klau-Diter Pagels says his side will employ a more attacking game in Sunday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt at National Sports Stadium.

Sunday’s match is effectively a dead-rubber for the Warriors, who currently sit bottom of Group G with one point after three games.

The Pharaohs are the run-away leaders of the group with a 100 percent record and could seal passage to the final round of qualifiers if they beat the Warriors today couple with a draw or a Guinea loss in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe were just four minutes away from a famous draw against the Pharaohs, but Pagels’ men conceded a last minute penalty to lose 2-1 in the reverse fixture in March.

Egyptian talisman Mohamed Aboutrika held his nerve to beat Warriors goalkeeper Washington Arubi after Augustine Mbara had brought down Mohamed Salah inside the box at the death.

That performance in Alexandria won the new breed of Warriors many fans and Pagels believes that his side lacked a bit of adventurism in that game.

The seven-time African champions no longer have that aura of invincibility that they had at the turn of the millennium giving the Warriors a good opportunity to claim a famous scalp this afternoon.

“We are going to play an attacking game. We cannot afford to sit back but that does not mean we will be reckless and take great risk,” the German told the Daily News on Sunday after yesterday’s final training session.

“If we do not get an early goal we will be patient until the right time for the goal comes. The team is now in good shape and the boys have got a fighting spirit.

“We want to win the game and we have done everything in training. We respect the fact that Egypt are the log leaders and I do not think they will lose a match in the near future except to us.”

“I watched the video of our last game and I have done a few changes to my defence. I think we have got players to do the job tomorrow (today).”

Pegels clearly showed his intention of an attacking approach after naming returning Cuthbert Malajila in his final 18 man squad.

Malajila is likely to partner with Germany based Knowledge Musona, who trained with the squad yesterday after picking a minor knock on Friday.

In Egypt, the former Kaizer Chiefs ace was a thorn in the flesh for the Pharaohs defence and deservedly equalised for the Warriors in the second half.

Dynamos, midfielder Devon Chafa was named in the final 18 and is likely to partner Achford Gutu while Ovidy Karuru and Khama Biliat operate in the flanks.

In the defence, the German is likely to start with Patson Jaure, Felix Chindungwe, Ocean Mushure and Lincon Zvasiya.

Final squad: Washington Arubi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Denver Mukamba, Ocean Mushure, Archford Gutu, Cuthbert Malajila, Silas Songani, Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Roderick Mutuma, Mathew Rusike, Lincoln Zvasiya, Tafadzwa Rusike, Devon Chafa, Felix Chindungwe, Partson Jaure, Ovidy Karuru.

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