Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS striker Tinotenda Kadewere says they want to imitate Ajax as they go into AFCON.
The Dutch side shook everyone in the UEFA Champions league when they beat big teams like Juventus and Real Madrid.
The Le Harve striker says they want to shock those saying they are underdogs.
“No one knew that Ajax were going to play in the Champions league but they did, people are looking down on us but we don’t want to think much about it.
“So we just want to go there and do ourselves the very best for the nation. And hoping that we will make it to the finals.
“It’s not going to be easy playing Egypt at home because they are playing at home and their fans are going to rally behind them.
“But we don’t want to think much about the stands we want to think much and focus on the pitch.
“So to be able to utilize our advantages and put 110 percent for us to get a victory. It’s possible so we are hoping that it will be positive on our side,” he said.
Warriors are in Group A with the host Egypt, Uganda and DR Congo.
Kadewere says just like how Ajax defied the odds, they are drawing positives and inspiration from them.
“Looking at the way they played, they played as a team. They were running together and were doing everything as a team.
“So for us to achieve that we have to be one also, we have to play as a unit.
“Play as a team and try to stop our opponents together as one and for us to do that we need to have our own advantages against their own disadvantages.
“So we want to work extra hard during our preparations for us to achieve what we want to achieve,’ he said.
Kadewere was part of last AFCON in 2017 as a bench warmer but is hopeful to get a place this time.
“I am also ready, l’ve been doing well in France and l am hoping that l will bring that form to the national team.
“I’ve been waiting for that moment for quite a long time, l remember going to Gabon last time with the national team and l didn’t get a chance to play,” he said.
“So l’m hoping it’s going to be different this time around. And I am hopeful that we are going to make it out of the group stages and l’m hoping that we can make it to the finals.
“It’s not going to be easy but we want to go there and assure everyone that we are going to try and make history. Looking at everyone here l think, we are all ready.”