Coaches hail Warriors

HARARE - Local football coaches has hailed the Warriors for a job well done, following their gallant performance which saw them hold Morocco to a goalless draw in their African Nations Championship (Chan) opener. 

The Warriors went into the match with the underdog tag on their heads as the odds were heavily stacked against them but with a bit of lucky and accuracy, Ian Gorowa’s men could have collected maximum points in the Group B tie.

The Atlas Lions who dispatched defending champions Tunisia enroute to the tournament, have eight players from the Raja Casablanca squad, which finished second to Fifa Club World Cup champions Bayern Munich and were the hot favorites.

Zimbabwe now need to beat Uganda in their next group game on Thursday at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town to enhance their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time in the tournament’s three year history.

The Warriors will conclude their group with a clash against Burkina Faso, who lost 2-1 to Uganda on Sunday in the other group match.

Several coaches who spoke to the Daily News yesterday couldn't heap enough praise on Gorowa and his men and believes the team is well on course to the knockout stages.

“I think the boys played well and had their own chances. They had control over the game for larger parts and could have at least got a goal,” FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa said.

“It was a fair game. The guys need to work on their strike force otherwise chances of progressing to the knockout stages are very bright. I think Gorowa is doing great job and should be applauded for that.

“Now we have a team which can perform really well. I think what we need to do now is to win our next game. The only way we can put Uganda out of the equation is to beat them. If the boys maintain the same attitude then they can go far,” added Mutasa.

Former Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze said although the team played well they could have utilized their chances to ease pressure in their next assignments.

“I think the players should get credit for their courageous performance. They delivered one of the best performances the fans hoped for and it surely gives us all hope going forward,” Zuze said. 

“One thing that I can say is that when we get the upper hand we should bury those chances. We must not underestimate the other teams in the group. Those teams in our group are also good and we need to take our chances.

“We need to work on our finishing.”

Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association president Bheki Nyoni said: “It was a fair performance and I was mostly impressed by the back four. There were solid and we not found wanting.

“I however feel that in the midfield we could have started with the experienced players. The good thing is that this team have got a leader who is leading them and they have direction.

“The disappointing thing is that we missed chances which I feel might haunt us in the next matches. But I still feel we have good chances of progressing to the quarter-finals this time around.”      

Zimbabwe is making their third consecutive appearance at the tournament which is designed specifically for footballers plying their trade in domestic leagues across the continent.

The Warriors has failed to go past the group stages in the previous two additions in 2009 and 2011, and is hoping to make a cut this time around.

Comments (4)

Well played boys. Special mention goes to the back 4. Makatamba pachi international chaipo. If only the strikers had converted the chances dai tiri mudenga rechinomwe. Keep the fire burning

musharukwz - 14 January 2014

Well played boys. Special mention goes to the back 4. Makatamba pachi international chaipo. If only the strikers had converted the chances dai tiri mudenga rechinomwe. Keep the fire burning

musharukwz - 14 January 2014

well played

nigga - 14 January 2014

Ndokutamba bhora ka uku. Only if we were a bit accurate we would be talking of the quarter finals by now.Burkina faso and uganda we will just blow through

limwaz - 15 January 2014

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