. . . Warriors coach ready for anyone
Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS coach Zdravko Logarusic says he ‘does not care’ about the outcome of today’s Afcon finals draw.
The draw for next year’s finals will be held in Cameroon, the tournament’s hosts.
Going into the draw, Zimbabwe, who are seeded in Port 3, are guaranteed of facing African champions Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco or hosts Cameroon.
They are also certain of getting any opponent among Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea who are in Port 2.
And speaking to H-Metro Sport yesterday ahead of the draw, Loga said he is not worried.
“I really do not care,” Loga told H-Metro Sport from Croatia.
The Croat tactician said they will stick to their mission, which is going beyond the group stage at next year’s finals, regardless of the opponents.
“I don’t care who is our group, is it from Port 1, 2 and 4. We know what we have to do, we know our mission.
“For starters, lets pass the group stage and see how it goes,” said Loga.
CAF has considered the August the Fifa rankings – the last rating released before the date of the draw – in the seeding process.
The means Cameroon are in Group A with their status as hosts, while defending champions Algeria have been placed in Group B.
Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia will occupy groups C, D, E and F in that descending order.
Loga, who recently faced criticism over the team’s performance at the Cosafa Cup tournament, said they are not looking forward to avoid any team.
He is also set to lead the team in next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia with battered statics.
Loga said in as much they respect ‘big names’ in African football, they should not be intimidated but believe in their capability.
“Afcon draw is here, I don’t want to say we should avoid this or that team. We just have to know who we are (Warriors).
“Let’s see who will come in our group, let’s give them respect but not over-respect (sic) and show them who we are. We are the Warriors,’ said Loga.
The other teams who can complete the Warriors’ group are Malawi, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Ethiopia and Gambia who are Port 4.
The African football showpiece, which was set for January 2021 but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held from January 9 to February 6 2022.