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MAPEZA CHANGES APPROACH WARRIORS’ WALL...Gangly centre back, Teenage Hadebe, had a strong performance against Senegal and, if he maintains the same levels, Zimbabwe will have a good chance to keep a clean sheet, and win the big battle, against Malawi today


Sports Reporter

WARRIORS coach, Norman Mapeza, says they will take a different approach when they face Malawi at Kouekong Stadium, in Bafoussam, Cameroon, this evening.

Zimbabwe face their Southern Africa neighbours in an AFCON 2021 Group B encounter.

Kick-off is 6pm.

Speaking ahead of the match, Mapeza said they were adopting a different game plan against the Flames.

“In a game of football, we have to be cautious, we are coaches, we do match analysis every day so, against Senegal, I think what we did helped us a lot, we never gave them too much space,” said Mapeza.

“But, against Malawi, we will have a different approach and we have done our analysis and we know exactly what we need to do.

“And, we are ready.”

Mapeza said his boys have recovered from the heartbreak they suffered against Senegal on Monday.

“I think everybody saw what happened in our last game against Senegal, after such a performance, it’s always difficult to lose in the last-minute.

“But, it’s part and parcel of football, our focus now is on our game against Malawi, you know it’s a must-win for us, as a country. What is important is for us to work hard and put everything into the game and see what comes after 90 minutes.

“Everybody is okay, the players have recovered. We don’t have any Covid-19 positive cases, we are all negative.”

Captain Knowledge Musona and Kundai Benyu, who sat out of Wednesday’s training session, are expected to be assessed yesterday.

“We have two guys, one had an ankle injury during the Senegal game and, also, our captain was having flu-like symptoms.

But, we will check everything in the last training session and we will make a decision.”

Mapeza also spoke of Zimbabwe’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition.

“There are chances for us to go to the next round, we’ve got two games to play but what is important is to go there with a positive mind, self-belief.

“This is our fifth time in this competition, we still have hope and, with the quality players we have in this squad, I think chances of progressing into the last 16 are high. What is important now is to get maximum points against Malawi and get a point, or maximum points, against Guinea, then we are through to the last 16.

“Our main focus is on that now.”

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