Bruce Chikuni, Sports Reporter
Warriors coach Norman Mapeza believes his troops have the credentials to turn the tables in the 2022 World Cup Qualifier reverse tie against Ghana tomorrow.
Zimbabwe lost to the Black Stars 3-1 on Saturday.
With the defeat, winless Zimbabwe are now SIX points behind group leaders South Africa with just three matches remaining.
Bafana Bafana will host Ethiopia as they bid to win the group ahead of top seeds, Ghana.
Only group winners to the final qualifiers ahead of the finals in Qatar and, as things stand, only a miracle will see the Warriors winning their group.
In Saturday’s game, Mohammed Kudus gave Ghana an early lead before Warriors skipper Knowledge Musona restored parity with a second half penalty.
With no time, the Black Stars capitalized on Warriors’ poor defending with goals from Thomas Partey and Andre Ayew to seal a comfortable win for Ghana.
In an interview with H-Metro Sport, Mapeza said:
“Yes the boys played according to the script. They played well. It was a good game. I believe we could have done better. We had some good opportunities after we had equalised. It was important that we kept creating chances throughout the game. The lads played exceptional despite losing. “We took home some positives. Overall, I was impressed, the boys fought a good fight.
“Somehow, I am of the opinion that we could have done better defensively. We made some dreadful errors which we could have applied the basics of football. It is a game of football and learning never end, there is always room for improvement. We just need to trust the process and go into overdrive. The boys are playing collective football and it is a matter of time before we get positive results.”
He, however, bemoaned hostile treatment by the hosts.
Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed that they were given a substandard training ground in Ghana.
“Yes, it is sad that it is still happening in Africa. Obviously it had some negative impact on the players. It is now water under the bridge. We now have to regroup and focus in our tomorrow’s game.
“I am also happy that we have a clean bill. We have no injury concerns. Everyone is raring to play. I believe if we can rectify on the errors we made on Saturday, we can attain positive results tomorrow with no doubt. I also urge the nation to rally behind the Warriors,” said Mapeza.