Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
. . . Hadebe ready for Mahrez
Yeni Melatyaspor and Warriors defender Teenage Hadebe says his experience from the Turkish league will help him stop the Algerians in the AFCON 2021 qualifier.
Warriors play Algeria who were crowned Champions last year, in back to back encounters in March.
Algeria are known for effective counter attacks with their forwards who include Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, Andy Delort who is at Montpellier, Oussama Darfalou who is at Vitesse and Zakaria Naidji who plays for Gil Vicente.
However, Hadebe is confident of stopping the African Champions.
“Tough one indeed I’m expecting a high tempo game because North Africans are well known for their fast counter attacking style of play.
“So we have to be fully focused and alert throughout the match. But I believe we have a good squad that can match all those standards so yes I believe we are going to beat them, “he said.
“I have played a number of games for the national team. I can say that I’m one of the senior players now and I’ve now played in three different leagues.
“I think I have improved a lot and the Turkish league has helped me to grow as a player.
“My presence and that of the rest of the senior players will help out,” he said.
Warriors are in group B with Zambia, Botswana and Algeria.
Algeria are topping the group with six points and Zimbabwe are on four after beating Zambia 2-1 and drawing 0-0 against Botswana.
“Tough draw indeed but we are Warriors. We will die for our nation.
“We have got a good squad with vast experience and we’ve been together for a while and we are always well motivated and I believe we have a good chance of going all the way,” he said.
The former Kaizer Chiefs star, who has been a regular for the Warriors, also spoke on his experience there.
“Turkey has been good so far, I’m playing regularly.
“I now have more confidence and it has helped to improve on my performances because I’m competing with the world’s best and I’m very happy here,” he said.