Warriors seek clean sheet

HARARE - Kevin Moyo believes keeping a clean sheet will be crucial for Warriors as they bid to seal their qualification for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals when they face Liberia in a crucial qualifier tomorrow in Monrovia.

Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges held their first training session yesterday afternoon since arriving in Liberia on Thursday as they gear up for the penultimate tie  set for the Samuel Kenyon Doe Sports Complex at 6pm local time.

The squad had to assemble in Liberia as players flew directly from their bases to Monrovia to avoid draining players because of the complex nature of the itinerary to Liberia since there are no direct flights to that West African nation.

The technical team, local players and all South African-based players arrived in Monrovia on Thursday while the European trio of Knowledge Musona, Alec Mudimu and Marvelous Nakamba only joined the rest of the squad yesterday and were part of the team’s first training session.

A win or a draw for the Warriors would be enough to see them qualify for the tournament to be held in Cameroon from June 15 to July 13.

And speaking ahead of the tie, Moyo who is one of the two local based players in the squad alongside current league’s top goal scorer Rodwell Chinyengetere admits they face a stern test against Liberia but need to work hard to stop the home side from scoring.

“Pressure is something that is always there, but it’s up to us as players how we react when it comes to such situations. It’s not something that we need to put in our head too much because we know our task,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“Our first priority is to keep a clean sheet so everything else will happen on its own. I think the most important thing is communication and understanding of how we play. I think as defenders we know what’s important for us.

“Worrying yourself too much about the opposition team doesn’t help. We need to focus more on the quality that we have in our squad.”

The Warriors currently sit on top of Group G with eight points from four matches while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are on second with five points from same number of matches with Congo and Liberia tied on four points after same number of matches.

Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges are in good position to qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals to be held in Cameroon next June-July as they need just a single win in the remaining two matches against Liberia (away) and Congo at home.

Warriors will be looking forward for goals from Musona, Khama Billiat as well as Tino Kadewere who is back the fold after missing the team’s last three matches due to injury.

On their part the Lone Stars have not yet given up on making it to Cameroon beating Congo in their last assignment at home.

The team boast of several foreign based players who includes  team captain William Jerbo of Wydad Casablanca, Mohammed Sangare of Newcastle and Boison Wynney de Souza of Real Mollorca II of Spain.

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 Chawapihwa (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)

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