Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa says he wants to break the jinx and go past group stages in this year’s AFCON.
Zimbabwe have never gone past group stages in the four times they have qualified.
They are in Group A with Uganda, DR Congo and hosts Egypt.
The Warriors feature in the tournament opener against Egypt on June 21.
“We want to break that jinx, we want to go further in the competition.
“We want to make history there,” he said.
Warriors began their training yesterday at Yadah Hotel.
“First day of training, we just loosened up since they were travelling.”
Egypt once dashed Mhofu’s hopes when they lost 2-0 in AFCON but the gaffer says history won’t repeat itself.
“For me the game we lost in 2004 is now history, so many things have happened between now and then.
“We have new players, and new tactics, this is a new game and I think if we put our cards together we can do something for the country
“It’s a very tough, we were involved in a tough qualifier game.
“In football we can only know the results after 90 minutes and we are not going out there to add numbers but to fight for the country,” he said.
The Warriors have COSAFA to focus on as a preparations for AFCON and Mhofu has never lost any match.
“Cosafa is a good tournament and we have done well so far in the past tournament.
“I think for the first game we are going to use the some guys, who are going to play for AFCON,” he said.
“But when they leave to Nigeria the other guys will play the games and from the remaining five will follow others to Nigeria
“As for myself, I don’t believe in these target things, I only believe in approaching one game at a time
“If there is any pressure I don’t to be under pressure and I don’t want to put my players under pressure
“In football there is a time you lose, maybe we are going to lose one game. I would like to come home with the Cosafa trophy.”