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WARRIORS midfielder Kuda Mahachi says they need to win the Cosafa Cup to keep their heads up ahead of the Egypt 2019 Afcon finals.
Speaking to H-Metro after his first training session with the team at Sugar Ray Nxulu Stadium on Monday, Mahachi says the need to make sure that they retain the cup.
Zimbabwe face Zambia in the semifinals this evening.
“We had a good game against Comoros and we won it, so now we are focusing on our game against Zambia.
“I think we need to win this so that we prepare for AFCON.
“We have quality players in our team so I think we need to defend our cup. You know they always say it’s a small cup but there’s no small cup, we need to defend it.
“Because we need to continue winning so that it will be hype for us,” he said.
“As a team we need to keep working hard, we must keep our heads up so that we go to Afcon and compete.
“We know that it’s going to be a difficult tournament but as a team, we’ve got quality and good players.
“We are going to go there and represent the nation well.”
The Orlando Pirates star says he will use his CAF Champions league experience and last Afcon to his advantage.
“It’s important to win this cup as you know l didn’t win anything with my team this season but we are going strong for this cup, we need to win on Wednesday so that we go to the final.
“I had a decent decision with Orlando Pirates, it was my first season and l didn’t want to put myself under pressure.
“I had some stuff to deal with like losing my mother but for me l need to keep on working hard because Pirates are a big team so l need to train and work harder so that l can earn my place to play.
“The CAF Champions league and my previous Afcon experience in Gabon it counts and senior players like Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat experiences will also help,” he said.
“For me I don’t want to put myself under pressure this tournament is for the nation, we are going there second time in a row, we’ve learnt our mistakes.
“I think we need to step up as a team and win our games so that we will pass the group stages.”