Lets' focus on the positives: Arubi

HARARE - Battered and bruised in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, goalkeeper Washington Arubi says the Warriors and the nation should focus on the positives gained from the otherwise disappointing campaign.  

Zimbabwe, whose Brazil 2014 dream is now over after registering a point from four matches, leave for Conakry Thursday where they face a bigger hurdle to end their winless streak against on-song Guinea.

The Syli National walloped Mozambique 6-1 at home on Sunday and need nothing short of victory against the Warriors, whilst also hoping Mozambique defeat Group G leaders Egypt, to enhance their chances of progressing to the next level of qualifiers.  

The West African team occupy second place with seven points, five points adrift of the Pharaohs and six points ahead of the Warriors.

Guinea will be buoyed by their striker force, which has scored nine goals in their last four games. That frontline will come up against a Zimbabwe side which has conceded seven goals in as many matches.

Zimbabwe’s back line has probably been the weakest department of coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels’ team.

But one man who has been the Warriors’ most consistent performer since being recalled to the side in February after enduring a spell on the side lines due to match-fixing allegations and subsequent ban, goalkeeper and senior player Arubi, believes the Warriors should remain composed.

“All I can say is that as players, we should just keep our heads held high despite what has happened in the past,” Arubi told the Daily News yesterday.

“Whenever there is a new trend the only thing that will take us forward is patience. People should be patient.  Yes, we have been beaten, but if there have been some positives. Let’s acknowledge and maintain them. In football you always train to win, not to lose, but at the end of the day you just have to accept the results that come.”

Turning to last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to Egypt, the Pretoria University goalkeeper said:

“On Sunday we gave everything, we didn’t want to lose but we made some mistakes and they punished us.”

The former Dynamos shot stopped called on the nation to be patient with Pagels’ project, a rebuilding exercise targeting qualification for the 2015 African Nations Cup and beyond.

Squad:
Washington Arubi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Ovidy Karuru, Lincoln Zvasiya, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Patson Jaure, Ocean Mushure, Silas Songani, Masimba Mambare, Eric Chipeta, Devon Chafa, Tafadzwa Rusike, Rodrick Mutuma, Felix Chindungwe, Cuthbert Malajila, Archieford Gutu, Knowledge Musona, Denver Mukamba.

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