Pasuwa not keen on friendly win

HARARE - Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s top priority is to see how his team is shaping up and will not be bothered by the outcome of this afternoon’s international friendly against Tanzania at the National Sports Stadium.

The Warriors face Taifa Stars to firm up preparations ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon next year January.

For Pasuwa his main objective is to work on his players’ combinations, technical and tactical aspects in preparation for tougher assignments at the Afcon tournament.

“Friendly games are good to help you prepare.

“Psychologically, it’s good to win to boost your confidence levels,” Pasuwa told the Daily News on Sunday.

“But we are not only looking at results but the overall performance of the team.

“We are mostly concerned on how we fare from defence to strike-force so that when we play in competitive matches we won’t be found wanting.

“We want to work on so many areas before we go to Afcon like combinations especially keeping the ball away from opponents, compact in terms of defence in preparations for tougher assignments.

“We always want to win but in friendly games it is also an opportunity to test players, to test other strategies and to make what we have even stronger.

“I am looking at tactically how we will play, and the individual roles assigned to the players.”

The Warriors’ match against Tanzania this afternoon will be the team’s second international friendly inside a week after the locally-based team dismissed Zambia 1-0 last weekend at the same venue.

Zimbabwe were pooled in a tough Group B for the Afcon tournament alongside African heavyweights Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia and will need to be at their best if they entertain any hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.

Pasuwa is aware of the task that awaits them in Gabon and is keen on playing at least North African opponents before the Afcon finals get underway.

“We would have liked to play some of the Arab teams since we will be facing these teams at Afcon — Tunisia and Algeria — so maybe if we can have a chance to play Morocco or Egypt it will help us a lot in our preparations,” added Pasuwa.

“We will have to talk to our bosses and see how they can help us.”

Pasuwa has called in his strongest squad for the game as he seeks to assemble a competitive side for the 2017 Africa Cup.

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