Blessing Malinganiza

TEENAGE Hadebe says it’s always an honour to be part of the Warriors.

He is set to feature for the Warriors in the Four-Nation tournament in Malawi which will also feature Kenya and Zambia.

“Honestly, it’s always exciting to be part of the Warriors squad, at whatever level you can imagine. 

“It’s always important for me to come up and help the team and we have to use this as an opportunity to be ready for the World Cup qualifiers.

“I don’t mind who is coming and who will I be playing with in the national team. 

“Our country has talent and we have proved that over the years, we have players who are doing well in Europe as well back in our local league. 

“What is best is just to have the best squad available.

“We are players who want to do their best for the team.”

He believes friendly matches are always important for team building.

Currently on a short contract at Turkish side, Konyaspor, Hadebe believes this is a great opportunity for the coaches to work on combinations and assess the players, without pressure.

The Warriors will be under the guidance of Norman Mapeza and Takesure Chiragwi.

 “We need these preparations but I just hope they keep organising similar games even against other countries so that when we get to the World Cup qualifiers we will be sharp,” said Hadebe.

“It’s been long since the team played friendly matches which I believe can be key in building combinations within the squad.

“Currently, our squad is on a transition, where we have new blood coming in, so it is important to have the guys with more experience guiding and leading the new guys in games like these.

“Our opponents have been doing well and we will have something to learn from them.”

He added:

“Zambia and Malawi made a good statement in the 2023 AFCON and we will be looking forward to facing them and seeing how well we can respond. 

“Not taking away anything from Kenya, as well, they will also be an interesting opponent to face.

“Facing other opponents is better than us just getting into camp by ourselves alone, week in week out, which doesn’t give a true reflection of the team’s progress.

“Every team is unpredictable and we would want to do our best to win every match.

“All three games in the tournament are going to be difficult so I can’t really say if we are going to lose or draw but all I can say is that we are going to try our best in every single game.”

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