Sink or swim for Warriors

HARARE - Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa is not throwing in the towel yet and is confident his side can beat Tunisia this evening and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zimbabwe take on the Carthage Eagles tonight at the Stade de L’Amitie in the Gabon capital Libreville at 9pm.

The Warriors are still smarting from last Thursday’s humbling 2-0 defeat to Senegal while Tunisia boosted their chances of reaching the last eight after a 2-1 victory over Algeria also on Thursday.

It was a disappointing loss for Zimbabwe after the early promise the team had shown in the entertaining 2-2 draw against Algeria in their opening match of the competition.

“We lost it during that early period against Senegal, where we were caught cold,” Pasuwa told reporters yesterday ahead of the match.

“We improved as the game progressed, but it was difficult to recover playing such a team. It is a lesson learnt for us, but the good part is we are still in it, it’s not yet over.

“We have to fight against Tunisia and we know a win can take us through.”

Zimbabwe paid dearly for trying to go toe-to-toe against the Lions of Teranga as they were decimated by the West Africans , who scored two quick-fire goals through Sadio Mane and Henri Saivet in the opening 15 minutes.

From there, the Warriors were kept at bay and never really troubled goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo for the remainder of the game. 

Although they began the competition with a 2-0 loss to Senegal — Tunisia played some irresistible football but lacked the killer instinct.

Henryki Kasperczak’s side rectified their mistakes to convert their chances when they downed Algeria last Thursday.

“We sat together as a team and I kept on motivating the players knowing that as the tournament proceeds they will gain more confidence.

“It was not an easy game because our opponents were also working hard to get a win, but we realised we could beat them in the first 20 minutes.”

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