Warriors ooze confidence

HARARE - Zimbabwe's technical staff insists the Warriors can still progress to the next stage of 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier and are banking on home support against Tanzania on Sunday.Ian Gorowa’s charges face an uphill task to overturn the tables against the Taifa Stars in the second leg on Sunday at National Sports Stadium.

Zimbabwe lost 1-0 in the first leg, and now need to overturn the deficit on Sunday to avoid the heartbreak of crashing out of the qualifiers in the preliminary stages.

“We still have 90 minutes to play, they beat us in the first leg on front of their supporters, what can stop us from doing the same on Sunday?,” Warriors team manager Sharrif Mussa told the Daily News yesterday.

“Everyone in the team is still confident of progressing to the next stage; preparations are going on well. The only injury worries are to Peter Moyo and Kuda Mahachi.

“We have to try get and early goal to ease pressure. Our fans at home will also be important.”

Coach Ian Gorowa has been forced to change his plans again after injuries to star players Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat, who also missed the first leg, failed to recover in time for the make-or-break tie.

Mussa said Al Ahly Benghazi striker Edward Sadomba, who has been in form in the African Champions League for the Libyan giants, was expected to arrive yesterday.

Sadomba is expected to bring the much needed bite to the Warriors attack, which has been weakened by the absence of attackers in the calibre of Musona and Billiat.

If the Warriors are able to overcome Tanzania they will progress into the second round where they will meet the winner between another play-off pitting Mozambique and South Sudan.

Mozambique already carry a healthy 5-0 lead from the first leg in Maputo last two weeks.

The winner from that second clash will then join Group E which has Zambia - who won the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea– and Gabon, Cape Verde and Niger who have a bye from playing in the qualifiers.

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