We're not here on holiday – Comoros

HARARE - Comoros coach Abderemane Ahmed Chamite says while they are happy with the underdog tag, his side have what it takes to defy odds and surprise the Warriors tomorrow.

Les Coelecantes, who are ranked 190 in the world, face the Warriors in a preliminary round, first leg of the African Cup of Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier at Rufaro Stadium.

The Indian Ocean islanders come into the match at the back of an 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier 2-0 defeat at the hands of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last week.

On the other hand, the Warriors kick-started their 2017 Afcon campaign with a 2-1 away win over Malawi despite shoddy preparations which saw the team arrive by road in Blantyre only a few hours before the match.

All the smart money is on Calisto Pasuwa’s men emerging from Rufaro with a comfortable victory.

The Indian Ocean islanders coach, however, feels despite being the underdogs coming into this match, he is confident that his side can pull a shocker.

“We have come here to play not to defend,” Chamite told the Daily News yesterday.

“We know Zimbabwe is a very strong team with a lot of experience but we will try our best to get a good result.

“Of course we are underdogs but we have belief. They are the favourites and they will be motivated to win.”

Les Coelecantes coach plainly warned the Warriors not to underestimate his squad.

“The mistake Zimbabwe can’t afford to make is to think they are so big and that they have probably won the tie even before a ball is kicked, because we will go onto the field to win the game,” he said.

“We are not here on holiday. We want to play and win. Although we are aware of how strong Zimbabwe is.

“We will give a good fight. We are here to try because it’s a football game. We hope we will return home smiling. If we can get a draw it will be good result for us as well.”

Les Coelecantes arrived in the country on Wednesday evening and yesterday they had two training sessions at Gwanzura Stadium.

The team is expected to have a feel at the match venue today.

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