Warriors seek to seal Afcon qualification

HARARE - Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa wants his charges to seal their qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a game to spare as they prepare to face Liberia in a crucial qualifier this Sunday in Monrovia.

Zimbabwe currently sit on top of Group G with eight points from four matches while the Democratic Republic of Congo are on second with five points from the same number of matches.

Congo and Liberia are tied on four points each after the same number of matches.

The Warriors are in a good position to qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals to be held in Cameroon next year — June-July — as they need just a single point in their remaining two matches against Liberia and Congo.

Chidzambwa and his local contingent are scheduled to leave the country tomorrow and will link up with all the foreign-based players in Liberia as they are flying directly from their bases to begin preparations.

And speaking ahead of the trip to Monrovia, Chidzambwa revealed their objective will be to get a positive result.

“Just like any other coach, you always play to win matches and there is no difference with our match against Liberia on Sunday,” Chidzambwa told the Daily News.

“It will be great if we go there and get a positive result. I think we have done relatively well playing away from home but I don’t think there is any need for us to be complacent. We want to go there and fight.

“Liberia has already proved beyond doubt that they are a good team and very difficult in front of their home fans.”

In assembling in Monrovia, Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare said it was the best arrangement for players given there are no direct flights from Zimbabwe to Liberia.

“The team is leaving on Wednesday (tomorrow). Foreign-based players are flying directly from their bases and will assemble in Monrovia the same day,” he said.

“I think it’s the best arrangement that you can think of because if we had allowed players to come home first it could only mean more delays.

It’s an arrangement that we have come up with as the technical team and we are happy Zifa heeded our calls.

“We will train on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and it will also help us acclimatise.”

Mpandare said they are likely to travel with a delegation of 18 players and chances were that Dynamos goalkeeper Simba Chinani could be the only player to be dropped after striker Terrence Dzvukamanja and defender Byron Madzokere have already been withdrawn due to injuries.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs)

Defenders: Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Kevin Moyo (FC Platinum), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Talent Chawapiwa (Baroka), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Rodwell Chinyengetere (FC Platinum)

Strikers: Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC)


Comments (2)

Zimbabwe is all behind you boys. Go warriors go.

Pakuru - 14 November 2018

why are you syaing Zimbabwe need just a point from the remaining two games ? if Zimbabwe gains a point that puts us on 9 points . DRC has 5 points and if they win their last two matches they can go on 11 points . that means Zimbabwe need an outright wing and healthy goal difference to be assured of qualification or better a win and a draw.Congo and Liberia are on four points that means their maximum is 10 points if they win the last two .so we need to attain 11 points at least , with a good goal difference . or just 12 points to be sure ( that means a win and a draw)

leadmore magomo - 17 November 2018

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