Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS striker Tinotenda Kadewere says winning against South Africa will boost their confidence of qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup finals.
The match is set for tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium.
Kick Off is 3pm.
Zdravko Logarusic’s men travel to Ethiopia for their second match on September 7.
“Firstly, I think it’s important for us to be here, representing our country because that’s what we need as players.
“And looking at this game, that we are going to play on Friday, it’s a big game but not just for us but for the country also.
“You know South Africa are our neighbours and we have to do all we can to make sure that we win this game.
“So we are here making sure that we prepare very well for this game and we try to get maximum points.
“It’s the first game of the qualifications so getting a victory in the first game can boost your confidence also.
“So we are looking forward to this game and we are just hoping for the best,” he said.
Some of the regulars based in the UK failed to make it due to travel restrictions and Kadewere spoke on that.
“Whenever we get to these games there’s always one or two guys that miss for different reasons,” he said.
Knox Mutizwa and Butholezwe Ncube have been ruled out of tomorrow’s match.
“We just need to make sure that it does not affect our heads, of course we need all our players to be together.
“But I know that wherever they are, they are with us and we also need to do this for them.
“We are going to make sure that it does not affect us and we will do our very best to make them proud and also make the nation proud,” he said.
ZIFA had applied for a waiver to allow at least 10 000 fans to attend the game but was turned down by CAF.
Kadewere says it’s sad that they will be playing in the absence of fans.
“It’s sad that we get to play without our fans, you know it’s always good that we play in the stadium and it’s full.
“But in this case it’s not going to be like that but we will know that everyone is going to be on TV watching this game.
“We just hope that they will be rallying behind us and for us also we will make sure that we make them proud.
“We know that we need to make the nation happy and by making them happy is get a victory especially against South Africa.
“Since I arrived I’ve been getting messages from people saying please beat S.A for us.
“So we are going to do our best to make sure we make them happy and get a victory on Friday,” he said.