Mapeza give players freedom

06 Oct, 2021 - 09:10 0 Views
 Mapeza give players freedom WARRIORS coach Norman Mapeza says he will ‘not impose’ players on positions but discuss with them on where they are comfortable to play and bring out the best for the team ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

H-Metro

Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter

WARRIORS coach Norman Mapeza says he will ‘not impose’ players on positions but discuss with them on where they are comfortable to play. 
He hopes this will  bring out the best for the team ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

 

The team left the country in batches yesterday with the local-based group linking up with Africa-based stars in South Africa.

 

Europe-based stars and those in other continents were expected to fly direct to the West African country.

 

And speaking to ZTN’s Couch before departure, Mapeza said he will talk to his boys before making a decision.

 

He also hinted on tempering with the team as long it produces positive results.

 

“I am someone who wants my players to have flexibility, sometimes I temper with the team. If I feel like having Munetsi (Marshal) playing on the centre back I will do that, it’s about combinations. I will try to talk to the boys first before I choose the first 11,” said Mapeza.

Mapeza, who is hoping to resuscitate the country’s World Cup qualifying campaign, also highlighted on getting the best out of midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.

“I think he (Nakamba) is doing very well for (Aston) Villa not knowing what exactly the coach demands from him. But I also need to talk to him, he needs to give me his opinion on where he feels he can give us a good job.

“He is playing more as a defensive midfielder, but I will talk to him and if he is comfortable playing as a holding midfielder no problem, but if he feels he can do a better job playing as a box to box midfielder brilliant for us,” said Mapeza.

He also explained his selection which is dominated by same players called-up by Zdravko Logarusic in the previous two matches.

“I have looked around and in terms of current form I think the boys we have selected for now are the best players who can do the job for us.
“I don’t think it was going to be wise for me to make wholesale changes because if you look at our situation in the country there is no football and if you look at top leagues in Europe we don’t have (many) players playing. So looking at that, I thought the guys who played in the last two matches did well despite not producing positive results and I decided to give them a chance as well.”

Mapeza also spoke of the need to talk to Khama Billiat, despite him missing the weekend match due to suspension.

He will be available for the return leg and the coach believes it was important to travel with him.

“If we look at what was happening to him (Billiat) after the injury, it’s been on and off. I want him to come and train with the rest of the guys and also assess him and I know his strength and weakness.

 

“It was good for him to travel with the squad so that I can assist him and have time to talk to him. You need to talk to them (footballers) and if its low in confidence maybe he needs one or two words to pick himself up. So I will talk to him, then from there I will make a decision,” he said.

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