Should we start to panic?

HARARE - Now that the Warriors are off to their worst possible start in their quest to return to the African Nations Cup finals for the first time in eight years, how much should we be worried about the 1-0 defeat to Tanzania on Sunday?

Let us be mildly optimistic, and say it’s not time to hit the panic button because the Warriors, hopefully, will be able to field a stronger side in the reserve fixture in Harare on June 1.

Kingpin Knowledge Musona is likely to have recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him during the homestretch of the South African season.

Musona has been a saviour for Zimbabwe before, his solitary goal at the National Sports Stadium two years ago making the difference when the Warriors overturned a 2-1 first leg defeat against Burundi during the failed 2013 Afcon qualification bid.

Also expected to recover just in time is Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Khama Billiat, the exciting playmaker who has become such a key creative hub for club and country.

Defender Costa Nhamoinesu, fresh from winning the league title in the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague, is also expected to shrug off a knock and be fit for the crucial second leg, alongside newly-appointed Warriors skipper Carlington Nyadombo, who turns out for South African side AmaZulu.

Midfield maestro Willard Katsande, branded “bad boy” by the local media following the controversial circumstances that saw him miss the first leg, should also make it this out.

I will not panic yet, but if these players cannot make the squad, then I would be very, very worried.

Part of the issue appears to be that we may have invested too much trust in the team that did well at the Chan finals.

It’s good to show some faith in a new crop of players, but what we need to bear in mind is that the other teams we played against at Chan didn’t also have their foreign-based stars.

Tanzania did not even qualify for that tournament, but they have just beaten us in the first leg of the Nations Cup qualifiers.

Under normal circumstances, i.e. if we the players who played in Dar es Salaam were all we had, such a terrible start to the campaign would lead to full out panic mode.

But we do have the material to turn things around in the second leg.

C’mon, Warriors!

Comments (3)

Why nt callig all our players abroad and hev a second look @ the likes of vana Prichard, Nakamba, etc. We will humiliate Tanzania its only kuti our coach want to be so BIG and want to prove nothing bt just being difficult and rude.

tashinga - 20 May 2014

The sooner we realize kuti ana CHAN tournament vaive ana mainini the better, AFCON is for the big boys in African football, lets not read too much into CHAN,I am urging Gorowa and the entire bench to field the best possible players for the return leg against Tanzania. The Taifa Stars must not and will not be the team to stop the great warriors of Dzimbahwe

Nyamhangambiri - 20 May 2014

If Katsande and Nkata should avail themselves for selection they must also be considered. Being vindictive and setting displinery examples may not be the best options we have in our current situation. Their cases can be looked at later on after they have given their side of the story not the news paper rumours. Lets not shot ourselves in the foot.

bambo - 20 May 2014

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