7 July 2017
HAT-TRICK hero Knox Mutizwa has thanked the technical team for their patience.
Mutizwa had a slow start to the tournament, playing three matches without a goal besides being the preferred striker by Sunday Chidzambwa.
He then ended his goal drought by scoring the winning goal in the quarter finals against Swaziland.
The Golden Arrows forward was the hero of the day when he banged his first international hat-trick in Zimbabwe’s 4-3 win against Lesotho in the semi-finals.
Talent Chawapihwa scored the forth goal.
Mutizwa said he was not going to achieve his goal with impatience coaches.
“I want to thank my teammates and coaches. Above all i salute God for this performance. This is my first hat-trick for the national team but its not easy to achieve that.
Mutizwa continued, ” When i started this tournament i was very rusty. I was coming from holiday, more than a month at home. It was very tough for me but my coaches were pushing me. I was doing extra training with the fitness trainer when others were going for lunch or rest.
“In the first three games i failed to score but they never gave up on me. That boosted my confidence as well. When the coach told me that i was starting, i promised them my best. I managed to score three goals and its special win for them. They backed me from the onset when i was rusty.”
Mutizwa is eying a superb show against Zambia on Sunday.
The two sides clash in a repeat of the Cosafa 2013 edition.
Both countries are four-time winners of the cup.
” This is our chance to bring that home. We will fight like Warriors. Its ours and we will do everything in our capacity to win it.”