Chan: Zimbabwe count on defence


BLOEMFONTEIN — Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa believes his side will benefit from another strong defensive performance when they face Libya in the semi-finals of the 2014 African Nations Championship on this afternoon.

The Warriors went through the group stage without conceding a goal before allowing one goal in during the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Mali and Gorowa is expecting the trend to continue against the Mediterranean Knights.

“We have been solid at the back and midfielder Danny Phiri has done a good job protecting the back four,” he told reporters.

“It is a platform from which we used to build our attack, which has improved with each game.

“In football, if you don’t concede goals, then you have got a chance of scoring. That has been our philosophy and so far we have defended well and come Wednesday (today) we will be ready for Libya.

“We are fully aware of Libya’s pedigree and they are a good side who have reached this far by playing well.

“It will be tough a encounter, but one that I hope will serve some good football and Zimbabwe is ready to play its part.”

Libya finished in second place in Group C before beating Gabon on penalties to reach the last four. — MTN Football


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