Defence worries for Chidzambwa

HARARE - Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa will be making changes to his defence for tomorrow’s Cosafa Castle Cup final against Zambia in South Africa.

Zimbabwe take on Chipolopolo at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg tomorrow at 3pm hoping to win their fifth Cosafa title.

However, the Warriors defence looked suspect in the 4-3 semi-final win over Lesotho on Wednesday night.

Zimbabwe had only conceded one goal in their previous four matches at the tournament when they beat Swaziland 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Zambia beat Tanzania 4-2 in the other semi-final and Chidzambwa is fully aware that another poor showing by his rearguard tomorrow can hamper their chances of winning the title.

“We let in very silly goals and we have to work hard so that we do not repeat the same mistakes in the final,” Chidzambwa said.

“The final will be our last match of this tournament and we really need to field our best team. Lesotho gave us a very torrid time.

“They played very well and at the same time we conceded very soft goals.”

Warriors forward Knox Mutizwa, who scored a hat-trick in the win over the Crocodiles, also spoke on the need of their defence to shore up against Chipolopolo.

“I’m pleased with the hat-trick that I have scored today but I’m a bit disappointed with the guys in our defence,” Mutizwa said.

“We were scoring the goals upfront but whenever Lesotho attacked they were also scoring. I’m sure the coach is going to have a word with our defenders so that they can improve.” 

The most likely change will be between the sticks where George Chigova is mostly likely to retain his place after missing the semi-final.

The Polokwane City goalkeeper started the two group matches against Mozambique and Madagascar and was able to keep clean sheets.

Ngezi Platinum Stars goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya was trusted for the final group game against Seychelles and also kept a clean sheet in the 6-0 win.

Chigova was the one in goals when Zimbabwe conceded their first goal in the tournament in the win over Sihlangu in the last eight clash.

Mawaya was then given the nod in the semi-final against Lesotho and conceded three goals.

Although the Warriors defence looked suspect every time the Crocodiles attacked, Mawaya did not give confidence to his teammates especially when dealing with high balls.

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