We still have a chance - Mutasa

HARARE - Young Warriors captain Wisdom Mutasa is confident his side will go to Swaziland this weekend and emerge with a result.

Zimbabwe’s progress to the second round of the African Under-23 Championship qualifiers is in danger after the first leg 0-0 with Swaziland at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The Young Warriors now have an uphill task as they need to get at least a scoring draw or win in Mbabane to reach the third round of the qualifiers.

“Look, we played well against Swaziland but I think it was not our day, but I am confident that we are going to beat them in the return leg,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“I think our opponents were well organised in terms of their defence but we need to correct our mistakes and get a positive result in Swaziland.

“The chances of progressing to the next stage are still very high, we just need to go there and attack for the whole game.

“I think for our first leg we created many scoring opportunities but failed to utilise them however, our hopes are still high.”

Another Young Warriors player Marlvin Gaki, who has excelled every time he has been asked to play by coach Calisto Pasuwa, also urged his teammates not to lose hope.

“We should have used our home advantage but it’s not over yet. We need to fight on as we still have the chance to progress to the next stage,” he said.

“I think we were a better team in this first leg and we created a many scoring opportunities but we lacked the killer instinct but in football it happens.

“We need to remain focused and concentrate on the second leg match. I want to thank God for my fine performance for the team so far.”

Pasuwa was also optimistic his side will get a result in Mbabane this coming weekend.

“Having played them today, we need to remain focused, we played 90 minutes and we still have another 90 minutes to play so we still have the chance,” he said after the match.

“They came here and forced a draw, so why we can’t we go there and get a win, I think it’s very possible.

The winner between Zimbabwe and Swaziland will face South Africa in the third round.

A total of eight teams will play in the final African Under-23 Championship tournament, to be hosted by Senegal in December.

The tournament will act as the qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil.

Only the top three teams in Senegal will qualify for the Olympics.

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