Warriors primed for Zambia clash: Gorowa

KITWE – Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa believes that his side is fully prepared for the challenge that will be posed by Zambia in Saturday’s African Nations Championship qualifier.

The first leg finished 0-0 in Harare last weekend and the Zambians are now heavily tipped to qualify for the finals to be held in South Africa early next year.

Zimbabwe, who left Harare Friday just after midday aboard a chartered plane, arrived here late afternoon on the same day and went straight to the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, the venue of Staurday’s match and held a light training session for an hour.

Gorowa, who took over from German Klaus Dieter Pagels at the end of last month, reckons the Zambians will be a difficult team to break down but has full confidence with his squad.

“It’s not easy. I think it is going to be a tough game but I think we have prepared well and i have so much confidence that we will get a positive result,” Gorowa told the Daily News after the training session.

“Defensively we are looking OK and maybe if we can sneak in one goal we will be fine. Zambia is a strong team and we need to minimise our mistakes.

“The Zambians will under pressure from their own crowd and I think they will crack. If we can sneak in one goal and that will be it.”

The former Moroka Swallows coach knows that Chipolopolo will throw everything at the Warriors in the opening meetings as they try to get an early goal, something which the visitors will quite aware of.

“We need to be nice and solid especially in the first 15 to 20 minutes where they will try to attack us and probably get an early goal,” he said.

“The players are aware of this and we have spoken about it at length during our training sessions.”

Gorowa has been robbed off his leading striker in the squad after Chicken Inn forward Tendai Ndoro left the Warriors camp last Tuesday to go on a trial stint with South African Club Wits.

The Warriors coach is pleased with the squad at his disposal and believes Ndoro’s replacement Donald Ngoma of FC Platinum will do a good job against the Zambians this afternoon.

The Levy Mwanawasa Stadium does not have good memories for the Warriors as it is the same venue that they lost the Cosafa Cup final 2-0 to the same opponents last month.

Zimbabwe is, however, not fazed by the 40 000-seater venue and the Warriors are eager to revenge that defeat this afternoon.

“The players have been telling me that they are going to win this match. I did not even need to psyche them up for this game,” said Gorowa.

“I’m happy with the confidence which they are showing so it doesn’t look like it matters to them (losing the Cosafa Cup) because they are really concentrating on this game.”

Gorowa is unlikely to tinker with the squad that did duty in the first leg with the only change being that of either Dominic Chungwa or Donald Ngoma starting in place of the absent Ndoro.

Comments (2)

They are going to lose because of the dubious inauguration of the crook Robert Mugabe

josefa chinotimba - 24 August 2013

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