FORMER Warriors goalkeeper Japhet Mparutsa is rallying behind the national team ahead of their do-or-die Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) second leg final qualifier against Angola at the 11 de Novembro Stadium in Luanda tomorrow.
Report by Fortune Mbele, Sports Reporter
The Warriors beat the Palancas Negras 3-1 at Rufaro Stadium on September 9 and the odds favour them to pull through to South Africa next year with the cushion of the first leg victory.
Mparutsa, 1982 Soccer Star of the Year who played for Black Rhinos and Dynamos in the yesteryear Super League and is now based in the United Kingdom, yesterday wished the Warriors good luck in Angola saying the first 20 minutes were the most crucial.
The former shot-stopper, popularly known as Short Cat, said on social network Facebook that the Angola encounter would be a tough match.
“It is going to be a very tough game. Should the Angolans score a goal in 20 minutes, then its game on.
“The Warriors must use the counter attack and try to defend in the first 20 minutes. The first 20 minutes are crucial. Good luck to the Warriors,” Mparutsa said.