Gorowa under pressure

CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa admits his Warriors now face an uphill task of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championship (Chan) finals in South Africa.

The Warriors sit in a precarious position in Group B after back-to-back goalless draws against Morocco and Uganda.

Both draws have left Zimbabwe in third place on the log with only two points, trailing leaders Uganda, who have four points while Morocco are in second place with two points.

The Warriors now face a “must win” match when they take on Burkina Faso in the final group game on Monday if they are to make the last eight stage of the competition.

It could all have been rosy for Zimbabwe in the group had they taken their chances against Morocco and Uganda.

Zimbabwe forwards Simba Sithole, Donald Ngoma and Ali Sadiki connived to miss glorious chances in both matches against the Atlas Lions and the Cranes.

“Well, it was a game we needed to win at all costs,” Gorowa told the Daily News from the Warriors’ base in Cape Town.

“We have to get victory against Burkina Faso in our last group match, it is a must-win fixture for us if we want to get into the knockout stages of the tournament.

“It will be a very difficult game. We have had two draws in succession and now we need to beat Burkina Faso.”

The former Ajax Cape Town coach admitted that he is worried by the failure of his strikers to convert the numerous chances they have created in the tournament so far.

“What worries me is that we are creating chances but are not scoring. We had the possibility of entering that game (Burkina Faso) depending only on ourselves, but now we have to win at all costs,” said Gorowa.

“We have to score goals. We are getting in the scoring positions but we can’t find the net. We are facing Burkina Faso in our last match and we need to collect maximum points at all costs.

“The bad thing is that the boys are likely to put themselves under pressure. I think if they can play their normal game then we will progress to the knockout stages. We need not to panic.”

Zimbabwe has participated in the previous two editions of the competition in 2009 and 2011 and on both occasions they failed to get past the group stages.

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