Mukamba confident

ZIMBABWE’s chances of qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup soccer show are next to none, but team captain Denver Mukamba says they are taking their qualifying match against Egypt on Sunday seriously.

Report by Henry Mhara

The Warriors, who welcomed winger Khama Billiat at training yesterday after he missed the opening day session on Tuesday, are bottom of Group G with a point, while the Pharaohs are top with nine points and just need a point at the National Sports Stadium for them to qualify for the next stage of the qualifiers.

Other group teams, Guinea and Mozambique, are on four and two points respectively.
For Zimbabwe to qualify, they will need to win all their remaining three games, starting with the Sunday match, and hope that results elsewhere go in their favour.

Speaking to the media just after the squad’s morning training session at the match venue yesterday, the Bidvest Wits player said:  “It’s still a very important match for us. Our chances of qualifying are very slim, but this is football, anything can happen. We need to do our job, to win our matches and let fate take its course.”

He added: “The coach is also trying to build a team for the future and we need to have a good foundation. We need to build a team with a winning mentality. It has to start now in these matches.

“Beating a big team like Egypt will give us confidence going forward. We played well in Egypt and we were just unfortunate to lose the match in the dying minutes.

“We didn’t deserve to lose that match. We are trying to rectify the mistakes we made in that match and hopefully we will come right on Sunday,” the former Dynamos and Kiglon player added.

From this week’s training sessions though, it looks like German coach Klaus Dieter Pagels will not tinker much with the squad that did battle in Alexandria.
Vice-captain Washington Arubi is almost assured of the goalkeeping position, while the only change expected in defence is that of Felix Chindungwe, who will come in for the dropped Augustine Mbara.

The Chicken Inn defender is expected to partner Lincoln Zvasiya at the centre, while the Dynamos duo of Ocean Mushure and Patson Jaure are likely to be deployed as full-backs.
Devon Chafa looks set to start in the anchor role and would be assisted by Archford Gutu.

Mukamba has been training as a wide man on the left with Billiat, who only started training yesterday morning, expected to man the other wing.

However, Billiat did not take part in the afternoon session as he was sorting out his passport.

The midfielder arrived in the country from his South Africa base on Tuesday afternoon on an emergency travel document after losing his passport. He told NewsDay Sport that he expected to be issued with a new one today.

The Warriors played a practice match against Monomotapa at the match venue yesterday, winning 5-1 courtesy of a double from Rodreck Mutuma, Cuthbert Malajila, Knowledge Musona and  Mukamba.

Musona is expected to start upfront, but just behind target man Malajila in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

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  1. Zvino zvamava kufumura gure rese nhai vareporter kuma egyptians. Haikona vakutoziva achatamba nestrategy yacho. Mungadei murikuti ‘injury fears for Musona’ kurasisa muvengi zvatajaira!

    1. Ma Warriors munotipasa manyemwe bhora risati ratambwa,kuzoti rapera,isitiresi dzoga dzoga

  2. tongoti tambaibhora vakomana

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  4. This is day dreaming,how on earth do you expect to qualify when you are @ the bottom of the table.This is real madness

  5. the formation is impressive and we are expecting non other than victory with a greater margin. Go worriors go, like Dembare yu will overtake them.

  6. mabhunu muchapera

    haiwawo takabuda kudhara. bhora redu raurayiwa nacurthbet dube

  7. honestly we deserved to loose that game in Egypt because if you look at the statistics they will tell u that. Egypt dominated in everything, goal possession, corner kicks, shots on target etc. the only thing Warriors dominated was the number of saves Arubi made. lets accept reality in fact we were lucky to keep the score 1 all till the final moments

  8. keep dreaming zimbabwe dnt stop

  9. keep on worriors bhora mberi

  10. bee rusape taura hako l watched e game that game it was arubi vs egypt worse ma super sub acho,mutuma hanzi pa link munhu asingagoni kana kucontroller bhora palink worse pakaiswa rusike haasi makochi aya matochi.makochi epi anotambisa vanhu vasingatambi kuma club avo.fokofu vana peter muchavhiringigwa ma c.v na cathbt dube.

  11. Kiiiiiiii, papgel worriors are dreaming.

  12. Or Pap girl worries

  13. There are only few players who will remain in our national team, when we fire pap girl or Papgel or pap and gel/jelly, only Musona, karuru, billiart, Arubi, Malajila will. Remain, the rest angazi.

  14. Day dreamer nxaaaaa



    The worry us are gonna get beaten, why? Becoz there is too much dynamos jujumos flavour in the team.

  17. Defence yeDynamos ndoyoitwa defence yemawarriors iyo yakazunza zvakadaro kuchampions league

  18. Itayinekutenda matsika

    We a tired so near yet so far !

  19. dynamos select on zim warriors

  20. Willard chawira

    Karuru must be in first line up

  21. Only Dembare rules in Zim hence more of e playerz muNational tm thts e truth take t or leave t

  22. Win or lose let’s support our team

  23. Dembare are the champs hence many blue jersies in the warriors line up,hanti Spain izere neBarca,Germany izere neveBayern,@ Mubvumbi waida muiswe anaChivheya vanohara striker mubox!

  24. ndiregei zvangu….

  25. Mukamba , Mukamba, Mukamba!!!!!!!!!!!. Naitional team captain, o-oh what a joke. Zimbabweans we have one problem of having good ideas but lacking execution. We are good at talking i.e lip service but when it comes to implementation alas. Its true we need to rebuild the national team, we all agree on that but the how part is where we have a challenge. The selection of players is not pleasing. National team needs support from everyone despite being a supporter of a certain club however if the coach thinks he is superior and we can not question his selection, then already the rebuilding process becomes a problem. I know Chafa is a good anchorman however he can not beat Katsande. To the coach I say rebuild with the right bricks otherwise we will go for 10 years still rebuilding.

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