Fans already dreaming of Egypt

THERE is an air of expectation among the thousands of Warriors supporters that the team will handle business on the pitch against Congo this afternoon and qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

In the event that Zimbabwe beat or draw with the Red Devils this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium, they will be going to their fourth Afcon finals to be held in Egypt from June 21 to July 19 later this year.

The Warriors number one fan Chris “Romario” Musekiwa told the Daily News on Sunday that he is already “dreaming” of cheering the team on in Egypt.
“We are already looking beyond Sunday’s fixture because I believe we are already through to Egypt,” Musekiwa said.

“The mental, physical, technical and tactical aptitude of our players will carry us through past Congo.
“There is nothing to fear at all; the players should not put themselves under any pressure and should just stick to their game plan.”

With a capacity crowd expected at the venue, Musekiwa called on the Warriors fans to be 100 percent behind the team and dedicate the win to those that have lost their lives due to the effects of Cyclone Idai.

“This is a big match upon us and I’m humbly urging the nation to get behind the boys,” he said.
“Of course a point will be enough but we need to win this match and bring a cheer to a nation that is still in mourning after the recent deaths.”

Molly Banda, a die-hard Warriors fan, predicted a tough encounter but believes the home side will prevail.
“It’s going to be a difficult game because all the teams in our group can still qualify so Congo will not be pushovers,” she said.
“I know a draw will be good enough for us to qualify but our players should target an outright win; playing for a draw is dangerous.

“The Warriors should just show their hunger to get goals and we will win this game 2-0 comfortably.  As fans, we should also not put a lot of pressure on the players. If a player makes a mistake, we should encourage them and not jeer or boo.”  

Another prominent Warriors fan James Gandidzanwa also believes the team has this in the bag with his only concern being the unavailability of injured midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.    
“The boys should play as a team and we will win this game easily. We are already preparing to go to Egypt next June,” Gandidzanwa said.

“The boys played well against Liberia it’s just unfortunate they couldn’t combine well in the final third that is why we lost that game. This time around, we welcome back (Tendayi) Darikwa and he is going to be a big boost for the team.
“My only worry is the absence of the injured Nakamba but I think there is enough material to provide cover for him and we will win 2-1.”


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