HARARE - Zimbabwe's Warriors will be looking for a positive result when they begin their African Nations Championships (Chan) campaign with a Group D clash against neighbours Zambia this afternoon at the Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu, Rwanda.
The Warriors, who left for Rwanda on Saturday, settled for fourth place in the last campaign in South Africa two years ago and will be hoping to brush aside Chipolopolo in their quest for glory.
Calisto Pasuwa’s men are in Group D together with Mali, Zambia and Uganda.
The head coach has reiterated the need for his charges to post an impressive result in their opening match.
Pasuwa believes their destiny hinges upon their opening encounter which he said would likely determine how far the Warriors would last in the tournament hence winning against Zambia would be of utmost importance this afternoon.
“Of course, we are going there to compete and not to add numbers,”
Pasuwa told the Daily News before the team’s departure.
“It is not a secret that we also want to do better than the previous tournament. But all that is going to depend on our first game against Zambia.”
Pasuwa has plenty of alternatives in his quest for a Chan title.
The Warriors have qualified
for every edition of the tournament since its inauguration in 2009.
Zambia are making only their second appearance at the tournament since coming third at the 2009 edition in Ivory Coast.
Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva, Donovan Bernard, Elvis Chipezeze
Defenders: Blessing Moyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ocean Mushure, Bruce Kangwa, Lawrence Mhlanga, Elisha Muroiwa, Stephen Makatuka
Midfielders: Nqobizitha Masuku, Gerald Takwara, Ronald Chitiyo, Marshal Mudewe, Joel Ngodzo, Raphael Manuvire, William Manondo, Farai Madanaga
Strikers: Edmore Chirambadare, Knox Mutizwa, Roderick Mutuma, Francesco Zekumbawire, Moses Demera