10 October 2018
WARRIORS coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa says they will be cautious ahead of the decisive back-to-back clashes with DRC in Group G of AFCON qualification.
The Warriors left for Kinshasa yesterday and will play their third game in the campaign on Saturday before returning home to face the same opponents on Tuesday.
With Knowledge Musona and Marvelous Nakamba the only absentees at yesterday’s training, the veteran coach said he is pleased with the fitness levels in his squad.
Nakamba and Musona were, however, expected to join the rest of the squad yesterday before departure.
“I think from what I have seen the guys are fit, I can say most of them are fit and we are waiting for Musona and Nakamba who are due to arrive this afternoon (yesterday) and hopefully we are going to have a fit squad and we also want to play and bring a good result for the nation,” he said.
Left back Divine Lunga has since been ruled out with injury and Mhofu said the squad will fill in the void with Bloemfontein Celtic player Ronald Pfumbidzai likely to take his chance.
“These things happen in football and I think we have enough cover for Divine (Lunga), remember we have Pfumbidzai, he can replace him and also so many central defenders who are left footed so that’s enough cover for us, left footed central defenders can easily play the left back position,” he added.
Zimbabwe go into this clash level on points with DRC at the top (four points) though they have a superior goal difference.
A good away result will help the Warriors’ chances and boost their confidence ahead of the home encounter on Tuesday.
“I think the game is very important for us, it’s a decider, if we can get a good result in DRC, we will be on the verge of qualifying, anything short of a good result means we have to fight hard in the second leg but it will be better for us to get a result away from home which will make life easier for us,” he said.
“There is no difference in playing under floodlights or during the day, if someone was playing in the dark maybe but there is no difference.
“First of all we have to be cautious but at the same time if we are to have a good result we have to attack and defend, if we have the ball we have to attack and if we lose possession we have to all come back behind the ball and defend,” he added.