Tough draw for Warriors

HARARE - The Warriors were last night pooled in a tough Group B together with Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) during the draw held in Libreville, Gabon.

The four stadia that will host the matches during the three-week tournament are Stade de l’Amitié — Libreville, Stade de Franceville — Franceville, Stade d’Oyem — Oyem and Stade de Port-Gentil — Port Gentil.

The Warriors Group B will be based in Franceville and the matches will be staged at Stade de Franceville.

Warriors captain Willard Katsande told the Daily News earlier this week that they will not be going to Gabon to make up the numbers.

“Look, no one gave Leicester City a chance to win the English title at the start of last season but they defied odds,” he said.

“This season they have even started with a 100 percent record in the Champions League. It was the same thing with Portugal at the last Euros; no one gave them a chance. They worked hard as a team and won the tournament with their best player (Cristiano) Ronaldo injured.”

However, for the Warriors to do well in Gabon next year, the Zimbabwe Football Association needs to create a proper preparation programme for the team, according to Katsande.

“Preparations will be key for us ... because all the teams in the competition will be serious,” he said.

“Zifa must organise one or two friendly matches for us against West African teams in November so that we acclimatise with the conditions we will find in Gabon.

“When we played Guinea in the last qualifier, it was a difficult match for us because of the hot and humid weather conditions.”

Full Draw

Group A: Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau

Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Ivory Coast, DRC, Morocco, Togo 

Group D: Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda 

Comments (1)

go warriors go warriors go

Dickson Tambayi - 21 October 2016

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