Tendai Ndoro: Our own Pirate

HARARE - Warriors striker Tendai Ndoro says he is determined to continue his goalscoring heroics to ensure Zimbabwe signs off in style during their final African Nations Cup Group L qualifier against Guinea on Sunday.

The red-hot Orlando Pirates forward is expected to lead the Warriors line during Sunday encounter in Conakry.

Ndoro has started the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season in fine form for his South African side — scoring a hat-trick in their opening match of the season last week against Golden Arrows.

Although he was not on target in the MTN Cup quarter-final loss to Bidvest Wits, Ndoro was in the thick of the action throughout the 90 minutes.

The former Chicken Inn striker has set his sights on destroying the Syli Nationale and enhance his chances of making the Warriors final squad for the Afcon finals to be held in Gabon next January.

“We are not going there to relax just because we have qualified; we are going there to fight and get maximum points so that we can as well improve on our rankings,” Ndoro told the Daily News.

“It’s not a matter of fulfilling the game alone. The game is very important because it also helps build our confidence against big teams. Guinea are a good side and for us we need to treat this game seriously considering that we will be going to Gabon in January.

“I think it’s also an opportunity for us players to show the coach what we can offer. Personally, it would be good if I can get those goals. I have started my season well and I hope transfer my club form to the national team.

“It’s just about doing things right, trying to score as many goals as possible. I’m always confident in my ability.” 

Ndoro, who is in his second season with Orlando Pirates, is full of confidence and believes he can make a real impression for the Buccaneers this season under new coach Muhsin Ertugral.

Ndoro and company will have to fight with everything they have in order to regain the faith shown to them by the club’s supporters following a horrible season last year.

“This season it’s a very different club by far from last year. We have a new coach who came in and seem to understand players. He is giving everyone a chance to showcase what they have,” he said.

“He is a great man and a great coach and I am looking forward to better days ahead.”

Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges have already sealed their place at the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon after reaching an unassailable 11 points from five matches.

Pasuwa said they are taking the game seriously as they begin preparations for next year’s finals in Gabon.

“It’s a game which is very important to us. Remember we have had financial problems to play friendly matches. I think it’s one game that we need also to be prepare for Afcon,” Pasuwa said earlier this week.

“So if we can have these boys for this match, it will help us work on combinations among other things.”

The Warriors are expected to leave for Conakry sometime today after the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) faced challenges in securing funds to travel to west Africa.

Warriors team manager Sharif Musa last night said frantic efforts were being made for the team to leave and they are now likely to reach the West African country just 24 hours before kick-off.

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