Zim Davis Cup team confident

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Davis Cup team is oozing with confidence ahead of the Euro-Africa Zone Group II play-off against Moldova set for Harare Sports Club this weekend.

In March, Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina resulting in this play-off match against Moldova, who were also defeated by a similar score line by Hungary.

Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa and his team were working tirelessly preparing for the tie at the match venue yesterday.

“The team is now in good shape, we are confident of staying in Euro-Africa Zone Group II Davis Cup,” Dzuwa told the Daily News.

“Everything is good but in tennis anything can happen. We don’t need to underrate our opponents because they are equally good.

“I know the match is going to be tough, everyone is now here and we are ready for the battle.”

Zimbabwe’s top player Takanyi Garanganga is ranked 391 and second best player Benjamin Lock is ranked 750 while Moldova's best ranked player, Dmitrii Baskov is number 2030 in the world.

The other three players, Andrei Soltoianu, Maxim Bulat and Egor Matvievicia are not ranked.

Garanganga, however, warned his teammates against underrating their opponents.

“We confident of remaining in Euro-Africa Zone Group II Davis Cup but there is no room to underestimate our opponents,” Garanganga said.

“As individuals we were playing in different tournaments and most of the guys were doing well. We are not under pressure, we need to focus on this match.”

Moldova’s non-playing captain Lurie Gorban believes Zimbabwe has got a good team and they need to be at their best if they are to register a positive result.

“We know that the Zimbabwe team is very strong we have to be at our best to beat them, we know that our opponents have experienced players,” he said.

“We are waiting for an exciting match; I need to give my young side a chance to showcase their talents.

Gorbon also praised Zimbabweans for their good hospitality.

“We came yesterday night. The atmosphere is very nice here and the people are also nice,” he said.

“Some people told us that be careful of some dangers but I didn’t see any danger here everything is perfect I have made some friends here.”

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