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RAY OF HOPE FOR MUSONA, BENYU READY FOR SHOWDOWN . . . Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza and vice-captain, Alec Mudimu, addressed the media ahead of their showdown against Malawi this evening


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CAPTAIN Knowledge Musona and midfielder Kundai Benyu trained with the Warriors last night ahead of Zimbabwe’s 2021 AFCON Group B showdown against Malawi today.

The match is set for Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, Cameroon.

Kick-off is 6pm

Musona had been struggling with flu while Benyu suffered an ankle during the Warriors’ 0-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal on Monday.

“Knowledge Musona and Kundai Benyu returned to training,” Zifa tweeted last night.

“A decision on their availability for selection will be made after further consultation between coaches and the team doctors.”

Team manager Wellington Mpandare said Jordan Zemura still needed more time to train.

“Jordan Zemura had his first training session on Wednesday, remember he was in isolation for eight, or more days, and he needs more time to train, to be up to speed with the rest of the team.

“The rest of the guys are all fine and raring to go, besides those three, all the other squad members are fine.”

The team manager said they were not underrating their opponents.

Malawi are also going into the match looking for an outright winner to revive their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Flames lost their opening match 0-1 to Guinea, who face Senegal, at the same venue, this afternoon.

Mpandare said fans should not treat the match as a walkover and the players were well aware of that.

“Well, we know that most people think this is going to be an easy match for Zimbabwe.

“No, this is tournament football and our opponents also want a win.

“Obviously, we are going into the match with a positive mind, we want to win it for the country, for the fans,” said Mpandare.

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