Gorowa needs to make changes

HARARE - If Zimbabwe is to reach the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championship (Chan) then Warriors coach Ian Gorowa needs to ring changes for Monday’s final group game against Burkina Faso.  

The Warriors have stumbled to two disappointing goalless draws against Morocco and Uganda and now find themselves in a perilous situation in Group B.

Zimbabwe is in third place in the group with only two points and now need to beat the Black Stallions to qualify for the last eight of the competition.

Even Gorowa has admitted that he has been left perplexed by the amount of chances his side has failed to put away.

The Warriors have enjoyed a considerable amount of possession in both matches so far but it is in the final third where they have lost the plot in Cape Town.

Dynamos striker Simba Sithole and FC Platinum forward Donald Ngoma have been the major disappointment throughout the tournament.

Zimbabwe’s best chances of breaking their 2014 Chan goal duck have fallen to these two players who have somehow failed get their act together while in front of goal.

The duo’s club form in the 2013 domestic season was very average to say the list.

Sithole and Ngoma combined tally for the 2013 season is not more than five goals and at the Chan finals they have been ruthlessly exposed.

There is no harm in Gorowa trying out a new forward combination for the Burkina Faso match.

The other options the former Ajax Cape Town coach can try out is starting with How Mine’s Simba Sithole or the FC Platinum duo of Charles Sibanda and nelson Maziwisa.

The Warriors have looked solid at the back and those two clean sheets against the Atlas Lions and the Cranes bare testimony to this.

To give the team another attacking dimension, Gorowa can at least bring in defender Augustine Mbara to start at left back.

This will free Milton Ncube, who has been wasted away in a full back position, to go and play upfront in the midfield.

For the past two seasons, Ncube has proved to be one of Highlanders best attackers while playing in a more advanced role.

The last time the former Harare United player was utilised as a left back more consistently was during his days at Motor Action.

If Ncube moves into midfield to join with Kuda Mahachi the Warriors could be an even more potent team.

FC Platinum midfielder Ali Sadiki has clearly struggled in the opening two games thus far and Gorowa should take tomorrow’s game as an opportunity to try out Ncube in that creative hub of the Warriors midfield.

Central midfielder Danny Phiri has done a decent job in Cape Town and has constantly given good cover to the back four.

Pasca Manhanga and Tawanda Muparati have largely remained anonymous every time they have been on the field.

Against the Stallions, Gorowa should consider starting with Peter Moyo.

The Highlander midfielder had a really good second half of the season and was one of the reasons the Bulawayo giants challenged for the title.

A central midfield combination of Phiri and Moyo could prove to be the right antidote the Warriors need to get a result tomorrow.

It only needs Gorowa to be bold enough and tinker with his squad or else the Warriors will play out another lethargic draw.

Fortune favours the brave and the bold. After the opening draws against Morocco and Uganda, Gorowa now needs to earn his stripes and make the tough choices.

Comments (1)

Lets critisise constructively ,yes changes must be imminent but not the entire team ,those who have failed must be on the bench and chance be given to those who are hungry for goals

SINYORO - 20 January 2014

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