Warriors seek to finish off Mauritius in Chan qualifier

HARARE - Zimbabwe will be hoping to finish off Mauritius and progress to the last round of the African Nations Championship qualifier when the two countries clash at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. 

Despite a comfortable first leg win at the George V Stadium in Curepipe last weekend, the Warriors are not taking anything for granted.

Led by new coach Ian Gorowa, who replaced the German Klaus Pagels last month, the Warriors registered a convincing 3-0 first leg victory last weekend.

Nelson Maziwisa struck a brace while Simba Sithole completed the rout.

The Warriors are expected to re-group today in preparation for the return leg and captain Masimba Mambare has challenged his teammates finish off the job.

“We need to take them seriously. There is no room for complacency,” Mambare told Daily News yesterday.

“They might not be one of the biggest teams in Africa, but in football anything is possible. We must go into the match with the right attitude.

“We have to give everything to ensure we qualify for the next round. The good thing is that everyone in the team is looking forward to the match. Morale is very high.”

If they progress as expected, the Warriors will meet the winner between Zambia and Botswana.

Chipolopolo held the Zebras to a one-all draw in the first leg in Gaborone last week and will be counting on home advantage to progress to the last round.

Warriors’ win would obviously bring a smile on the face of many local fans who had witnessed poor results under the reign of Pagels.

Chan is a bi-annual tournament where countries field locally-based players only.

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