Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS and CEFN Druids defender Alec Mudimu has described their game against Zambia this evening as a must win.
Zimbabwe enter into battle with Chipolopolo in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers at National Heroes Stadium.
Kick Off is 6pm.
They are in Group H with Botswana, Zambia and Algeria.
“I wouldn’t say much on what went wrong in the first match (against Botswana). If you look at some of the nations, they also drew home games and some lost.
“And I can say that there’s a lot of positives to pick up from the team, we stay united and move forward. As far as we are concerned, tomorrow’s (today) game is a must win and we just can’t sit down and let them put us under pressure,” he said.
He added: “We need to push forward and definitely press, try to win the ball in key areas and going for the win.”
The team travelled to Zambia on Saturday and Mudimu says they are ready to deliver.
“The mood is very high in camp, we are all working hard and l believe with all the hard work, we can continue to push. The boys have been disciplined and everyone knows the job that needs to be done,” he said.
Mudimu has assured fans they will start collecting maximum points after the Botswana disappointment.
“Failure to beat Botswana is not the end of the campaign at all. I just want to address the fans that we still have the ball in our court, not all is done yet.
“A point is a way up the ladder, it’s crucial. I want to assure our fans that we need to understand that going forward picking up points is very important but again we want to assure them that we will start winning games,” he said.
The CEFN Druids man, however, said they have a lot of respect for Zambia.
“We respect Zambia very much, they are a good football team, very tactical. But it all comes down to 90 minutes and the 11 players on the pitch and we’ve got Warriors who are ready to fight, to give their blood.
“Again we feel we will rectify and get some points on Zambia.”
He believes they have done everything in as far as preparations are concerned.
“Preparing for the game is all about doing the right things and small things properly and it’s not just me but the whole team including the technical team.
“To prepare right for the game is not just about turning up for the game. It’s about before and what you do to prepare for the game. I feel we are doing enough at the moment,” he said.
Mudimu reckons it is too early to talk about qualifying for the AFCON tournament which will be hosted by Cameroon in 2021.
“It’s very early right now to talk about qualifying. We taking each game as it comes. We won’t predict the end product but what we can predict right now is what we can fight and play in this game,” he said.