'Congo here we come'

HARARE - The Warriors left for Brazzaville yesterday afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s crucial 2019 Afcon qualifier Group G match against Congo full of confidence that they will get a positive result.

Zimbabwe currently sit top of the group following their 3-0 win over Liberia at the National Sports Stadium last year.

Captain Knowledge Musona scored a hat-trick in that match which set the warriors on a good footing in Group G with the Democratic Republic of Congo in second place also on three points.

Liberia and Congo are yet to register any points in the group after suffering defeats on the opening weekend.

Speaking with reporters shortly before the team’s departure, Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova said the squad is ready for the task at hand at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat tomorrow.

“We are hoping to come back home with the three points but we know it’s going to be tough because we are playing away from home,” Chigova said.

“As a team, we have been preparing well for this game and everything has been going according to plan.”

The Congo Red Devils are always a difficult proposition when they are playing at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat.

“You know playing away from home is always going to be tough. Congo will have their fans behind them so for us, we have to be focused on the game and concentrate throughout the 90 minutes,” Chigova said.

“We have worked hard in training and we are prepared to go there and come back with a positive result.”   

The Warriors’ last competitive game was the match against Liberia in June last year and in between that period, the side has won back-to-back Cosafa Cup titles.

“It’s been long since we played the last qualifier but most of the guys that are in the team were there for the Cosafa finals,” he said.

“We used that Cosafa tournament as part of our preparations for these qualifiers. I don’t think the long gap between our last qualifier and this game is going to be a problem for us.”

Speaking with the press earlier this week, Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa said: “As a coach, I would love to bring a good result for the nation and good result means bringing a point or three. So I hope we will bring a good result for the nation.

“They (Congo) are a very strong side, one of the strongest sides in Africa and we are expecting a very tough match when we travel there.

“I hope we will cope well and fight for a good result.

“The good thing is that the players are showing hunger to succeed and we are looking forward to the match.”

Warriors squad:

Goalkeepers: George Chigova, Edmore Sibanda

Defenders: Divine Lunga, Alec Mudimu, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Teenage Hadebe, Kevin Moyo, Eric Chipeta

Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Danny Phiri, Talent Chawapihwa, Kuda Mahachi, Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona

Strikers: Evans Rusike, Knox Mutizwa, Luckymore Mkosana

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