Stix, Ajira offer Warriors tips

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe need to be composed against Burkina Faso on Monday if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (Chan), former internationals Stanford ‘Stix’ Mtizwa and Agent ‘Ajira’ Sawu have warned.

The Warriors take on Burkina Faso this evening (kick-off 7pm) in a must-win match in Cape Town, eyeing a place in the last eight of the on-going tournament. 

Ian Gorowa’s men are skating on thin ice after two goalless draws in their opening Group B matches against Morocco and Uganda left them second from bottom in the pool.

“It’s a must win game, we can’t afford another draw,” Mtizwa told the Daily News.

“Our midfield has been lagging but when they have combined well, we have been able to create a lot of chances, hitting the woodwork twice but failing to convert.

“We need to convert those chances. Let’s go out and attack. If we can get a quick two goals inside 20 minutes then we will be on course.

“(Winger) Kuda Mahachi has been one of our standout players but we are becoming predictable, let’s use both wings.

“Everything rests on our midfield. They need to supply clean balls. Our strikers need to convert,” added the former CAPS United great.

Former Warriors prolific scorer Agent Sawu said Zimbabwe need to share the goaf scoring responsibility.

“We have to realise that the responsibility of scoring goals doesn’t solely lie on the strikers,” the former Zimbabwe Saints forward told the Daily News in Bulawayo yesterday on the sidelines of a Zifa regional awards ceremony.

“We have to score goals. We have been having too many draws.  We also need a little bit of luck.

“We just need to keep our fingers crossed and hope the boys pull through.

“The midfielders need to push through and the defenders have to be sharper in taking the set pieces.”

Coach Ian Gorowa last week urged the Warriors not to press the panick button, admitting the pressure of failing to score after 180 minutes of play could get to the players’ heads.

“We must not panic,” he said.

“The goals will come but I just don’t want the players to put themselves under pressure.”

Zimbabwe’s level of tolerance will be stretched against the West Africans, who also still have a realistic chance of qualifying to the knock out stage, if they beat the Warriors.

They will however need results elsewhere to go their way.

Comments (1)

Stix and co.go and coach caps united . why are you letting the team go down the drain with strangers. Make a voice as a group and demand your share. The team is what it is because of you so noone can chase you away. You are the soul of the team. Your mere presence will make the team successful again

mukepekepe - 20 January 2014

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