Fiona Ruzha, Sports Reporter
FORMER Warriors forward Joel Luphahla believes the current crop of players has what it takes to go beyond the group stage.
The national team got off to a losing start at the ongoing 2019 Afcon after a 1-0 defeat to Egypt in the tournament opener last Friday.
However, Luphahla is adamant the boys will deliver in the remaining games against Uganda and DRC.
“With what I have seen so far, I believe we have the most talented side.
“The boys are very good and we have the best goalkeepers (George Chigova, Edmore Sibanda and Elvis Chipezeze).
“I am quite aware that we are under a little bit of pressure because we cannot afford to either lose or draw in our remaining games but I am confident we will win both games,” he said.
“My hope is to reach even the quarter finals because we cannot just make our appearance at such a prestigious tournament to qualify in the group stages.
“Nonetheless, a lot of hard work is required for such an achievement.”
Luphahla, who is the current TelOne manager, said coach Sunday Chidzambwa should work on his attack.
“It’s difficult for me to comment on this issue because I was once his (Mhofu) student but I think he needs to go all out and give the boys confidence that they are good enough despite the Egypt loss.
“And I also think that the coach should work more on attacking because in our first game we only created few chances but if you take a closer look you will see that we have good attackers like Tino Kadewere, Evans Rusike.
“Why not use them so that we collect maximum points,” said Luphahla.