Tinotenda Nyanzira, Sports Reporter
Warriors and Chicken Inn defender Ian Nekati says playing at a neutral venue in their AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Algeria will not affect them.
This comes after Confederation of African of Football (CAF) banned ZIFA from using local stadiums in hosting international matches.
This means Zimbabwe will use a foreign stadium in their return leg against Algeria on March 29.
“It’s going to be 50/50 because both teams will be at an unfamiliar ground. As for me playing in a neutral will not affect me that much and I’m looking forward to the game,” said Nekati.
Nekati was grateful to have been part of the Warriors campaign under Joey Antipas and is looking forward to impress new coach, Zdravko Logarusic.
“It’s something amazing to play for the national team as a local player together with big players, it’s everyone wish to wear that jersey.
“You know it’s quite obvious that whenever there is a new coach he will come with new ideas and even selecting the players that he wants even though you were part of the previous campaign.
“So I’m hoping and praying that I will be amongst the squad that he is going to select for the tie,” said Nekati.
He said Zimbabwe have all the chances to win both legs against Algeria.
“We just need to keep focus on this game so that we come on the top and we need the three points at all cost.
“We can also win the reverse fixture and I’m looking forward to it because those two fixtures are going to change everything.
“Algeria are best team in Africa currently and they have a good team that will bring us a tough match but we also have a good squad so it’s going to be everyone’s game.
Nekati is currently with Chicken Inn in Malawi for their mini tournament, which is starting tomorrow and ending on Sunday.
“We are ready for it and we want to win this tournament and the morale so far in camp is very good.
“Nyasa Bullets are a good team because they are playing champions league football and it shows something good.
“UD Songo as well they are good because they are champions in Mozambique and Be Forward Wanderers I don’t know much of them,” added Nekati.