Mutasa remains calm

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-23 team captain Wisdom Mutasa says they will not lift their foot off the pedal following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Cameroon in the first leg of their All-Africa Games qualifiers.

Mutasa scored the only goal of the match as the Young Warriors defied their off-field problems that rocked their camp in the build-up to the match.

Most of the team’s foreign-based players pulled out of the tie after their clubs refused to release them since the competition is not on the Fifa calendar.

For the whole of last week, Young Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa struggled with his plans for the game as his ammunition was limited.

Despite all those problems, the Young Warriors held their own against the highly-fancied West Africans and prevailed through Mutasa’s 22nd minute strike.

The FC Platinum midfielder feels there is still a lot of work to do for the Young Warriors in the second leg in Yaounde in three weeks’ time.

If Zimbabwe win in the return leg, they will proceed to the 2015 All-Africa Games in Congo later this year where the three top teams automatically qualify for next year’s Rio Olympic Games.

“We need to remain focused and we are going to work extra hard in the second leg,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“I’m happy to score against Cameroon. I hope God will continue guiding me in my career and I’m expecting more achievements in my life as a footballer.

“On paper, Cameroon look like a strong team but I don’t think if we play well in the return leg they will beat us, we also have talented players in our team.”

Son to former Tanganda and Dynamos midfielder Lloyd Mutasa, Wisdom paid tribute to his father for the advice he shares with him.

“My father always tells me that I must make runs into the box.

“Look at the goal I scored today (Sunday), Blessing Moyo’s cross just found me inside the box and it was easy for me to tuck it away.

“I really want to thank my father for the advice he always gives me.”

On Sunday, the Young Warriors put up a superb performance but they failed to turn their dominance into more goals as they squandered several opportunities to score.

Pasuwa, however, is still worried about the preparations.

“We can go and get a good result in the return leg, but it’s the preparations that count most,” said the former Dynamos coach.

“Normally, when the national team is playing clubs must allow players to join the national team, and the league must be suspended for that certain week.”

Comments (1)

pasuwa pamberi naye eventho zvake aiomeserwa during the preparation he deserve the championship award God bless our pasuwa

prosper chigavakava - 28 March 2015

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