'Namibia will be difficult'

HARARE - Zimbabwe national team coach Calisto Pasuwa says the warriors will face a tough opponent in Namibia during this evening’s Cosafa Cup final Group A match in South Africa.

The Warriors need at least a point to secure a quarter-final berth against Zambia after two wins over Mauritius and Seychelles.

Namibia, who drew their first match against Seychelles before beating Mauritius, must beat the Warriors to top the group with seven points. 

Pasuwa, who remained behind in Harare with the Young Warriors as they prepare for Sunday’s match against Swaziland, feels his charges need to be alert during tonight’s match at the Moruleng Stadium.

Saul Chaminuka, the assistant coach, who is in charge of the side in South Africa must ensure that the Warriors secure the much need point. 

“Tomorrow (today) the team is playing against a better organised side in Namibia than the previous two teams.  We need to be very composed to get a result,’ he said.

“We have been always communicating with the coach (Chaminuka) urging him to motivate the boys.

“Our main worry is that we did not have enough preparations for this tournament. Look at a team like Seychelles, they we together for a long time and their play was good.

“We found it hard to break them down as they were packed in their own half. Now Namibia is a better organised team and it will be difficult.

“Going into the tournament like Cosafa, you are not playing one match to build combinations and with the little time we have, I think we have done a good job.”

If the warriors reach the last eight of the competition, they will face the ‘old enemy’ in Zambia.

The two neighbouring countries have been involved in many intriguing battles over the years.

Chipolopolo beat the Warriors 2-0 in the final of the last edition of the Cosafa Cup in 2013 and Pasuwa is well aware of the danger that lies await in the quarter-finals.     

“Zambia is one of the most organised team at the tournament and I have heard they took some of their key players whom they want to use in Afcon qualifiers,” he said.

“I remember when we qualified for the 2014 Chan tournament; we drew with Zambia here before going in their own back yard and beat them. We need to be very careful against Zambia and be at our best.”

Today: Namibia v Zimbabwe (5pm), Seychelles v Mauritius (5pm)

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