Warriors troop into camp

HARARE – The Zimbabwe national football team trooped into camp Monday night to start preparing for the Cosafa Cup currently underway in Zambia.

Zimbabwe, who are the defending champions after winning the last edition of the Cosafa Cup they hosted in 2009, will begin their title defence at the quarterfinal stage against the Flames of Malawi after getting a bye in the group stages.

Warriors’ 20-man squad, entirely made up of local based players are camping at the Zifa Village and will train Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Sports Stadium before leaving on Thursday for Lusaka.

Klaus-Deter Pagels’ men will then undertake a seven-hour journey by road to the neighbouring Zambia where they will begin their title defence on Saturday.

Warriors’ acting team manager Richard Mutesva said: “We will have morning and afternoon sessions for the next two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).

“The team will depart Thursday morning and we expect to get there in the afternoon the same day so that the boys will have enough time to rest. We will then train at the match venue on Friday.

“So far there are no changes from the team that was announced.”

Mutesva added: “I think we have a strong side and we have equal chance of retaining the cup. It’s not going to be easy of course but we are going there to fight.

“We are on a re-building exercise and this will provide us a good chance on how far we have gone. We are going there to fight and hopefully we will bring the cup home.

“There are other good teams like South Africa and the hosts Zambia. But in a game of football there are three results and people should not write us off.” 

Squad: Maxwell Nyamupangedengu, Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Felix Chindungwe, Ocean Mushure, Nicholas Guyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Prosper Matizanadzo, Eric Chipeta, Masimba Mambare, Ronald Chitiyo, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Devon Chafa, Nicholas Alifandika, Tendai Ndoro, Simba Sithole, Last Chibwiro, Lot Chiwunga.

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