Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
YOUNG Warriors and Manica Diamonds right back Peace Makaha is dreaming of eliminating rivals South Africa in the Under-23 Afcon qualifiers, third round.
The Zimbabwe Under-23 side face South Africa in a tricky back-to-back encounter of the final round of the qualifiers in June.
Makaha is, however, not seeing their opponents across the Limpopo as an obstacle despite them cruising past Angola with a convincing 6-1 aggregate win.
Tonderai Ndiraya’s men overcame Mozambique 2-0 at the Nation Sports Stadium on Tuesday in a match they waited until late to break the deadlock.
The Under-23 Afcon finals are set for Egypt this November and Makaha wants to reach the quarters.
The tournament will also produce the continent’s representative at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.
“Our target is to reach the AFCON qualifiers stage. It will be a huge achievement for the country and for us as individuals as well.
“We want to be part of history making and that is our key goal at the moment.
“We are looking for life beyond the South Africa game,” said Makaha.
Makaha said they are aware of the huge task ahead of them but vowed to remain focused to attain their goal.
“The journey has just begun. We forced a win against Mozambique which did not come on a silver platter.
“We are taking notes from that game and prepare for a much stronger team that will face South Africa.
“With hard work, character, patience and more team effort I am positive we will strike the right chords, we will definitely make history,” he added.
Makaha said they still have much ground to cover as they have to be at their best since the competition will be tough as they proceed with their journey.
“We know that going forward competition will be tough.
“We have talented players in our squad, we complement each other well but we have to be at our best.
“It will be the survival of the fittest and that leaves us with a lot of work to do on our part, we definitely have to improve,” he said.