Bruce Chikuni, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS interim coach Norman Mapeza says he is impressed with the morale and hunger in camp ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Zimbabwe are winless after two games – having managed a goalless draw against South Africa before a 1-0 defeat to lowly ranked Ethiopia.
The poor start resulted in the dismissal of Croat tactician Zdravko Logarusic, who was replaced by Mapeza.
In an interview with H-Metro Sport from Ghana yesterday, Mapeza said:
“We have to put aside all the negative things we have faced. Our focus is on Saturday’s game. We need to equip our minds with nothing but positive thoughts.
“Our desire is to play and get the results. “For us to attain the results we are aiming for; I think self-belief is more important.
“We just have to have one voice to explore all avenues. We want to try out our utmost to make the nation proud and that is the most important thing.”
Mapeza expressed his delight with the zeal the lads are showing ahead of the game.
“It boost confidence to observe such level of team spirit. The boys are exhibiting what I want from them, the zeal to play is overwhelming and I am pleased with the mentality.
“It is always great to be surrounded with a group of people who are pulling in one direction. You need players who can go to great lengths.
“It is now about confidence, it is now about commitment, I am not implying that there was no commitment in the past. We should try to forget what happened in the past and shift our focus with speed,” said Mapeza.
He, however, described the most likely absence of Marvelous Nakamba and Tendai Darikwa in the return leg on Tuesday as a major blow.
“As for return leg, it is going to be difficult for us to play without those two players who ply their trade in England. Am not sure about the situation of Zemura and Galloway but in all honesty it is a massive blow for us.
“It is a point of no return. The situation is beyond our control. We are going to make some replacements.
“To the fans, we are always grateful with the endless support. Keep showing love. It is a new chapter and we definitely need your maximum support. You are not backing the wrong horse. We are going to try our level best,” he said.