Zim Davis Cup team confident

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Davis Cup team is oozing with confidence ahead of the Euro-Africa Zone Group II tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina which starts tomorrow at Harare Sports Club.

The tie will see the two teams taking on each other in a best-of-five rubbers format from tomorrow up to Sunday on the hard outdoor courts.

Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa and his team were putting final touches on their preparations at the match venue yesterday.

“The preparations are going on well, we are shaping up going into the last days of our preparations,” Dzuwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“Yes, our opponents have good players but we are not panicking because we also have good players.”

The former Mufakose High School tennis gem believes that home support will play a big part in their quest to bring back lost glory.

“We are playing at home, it’s the Davis cup and anything can happen but everything looks perfect on our side. We are looking forward for a good match,” he said.

“We haven’t started playing yet but I think the home support will play a big part and we do not want to disappoint our fans.

“It has been a long time since Zimbabwe tennis lovers watched Davis Cup matches so our supporters must expect an interesting tie.

“Everything is looking fine for us, we are not reading much into our opponents’ form; on paper Bosnia and Herzogovinia is a good side but we have worked hard for this tie so we are ready to face them.

“Everybody is looking okay in the camp, come Friday we are ready to go.”

The two teams will play each other in two singles matches on Friday, doubles on Saturday and then the reverse singles on Sunday.

Last year, the Zimbabwe team led by Dzuwa, won promotion into the Euro-Africa Group II in Egypt.

Zimbabwe finished the group stages on top of Pool A ahead of Madagascar, Congo and Nigeria.

Dzuwa’s team beat Congo and Nigeria with a similar 3-0 score, beating Madagascar 2-1 before edging Namibia 2-0 in the semi-finals to qualify for Group II which ended the country’s eight-year wait.

With their impressive performance in Egypt, the team won the Team of the Year award at the 2014 Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa) in December.

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