Zimbabwe Warriors seek win

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AFTER navigating their way past the group stages and Mali in the quarter-finals, the Warriors will seek an African Nations Championships (Chan) final spot this evening when they clash with Libya at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

BY WELLINGTON TONI
SPORTS EDITOR

Kick-off is at 5pm.

The Warriors made their way to the last eight after scoring just one goal in the last group match against Burkina Faso following two goalless draws against Uganda and Morocco.

But they turned on the power against fancied Mali, beating them 2-1 with goals from Simba Sithole of How Mine and Kuda Mahachi as they continued writing their own piece of history in the competition.

In the last two editions in 2009 and 2011, the Warriors bowed out in the group stages.

The Warriors could be boosted by the return to training of Charles Sibanda, who missed the last match against Burkina Faso due to injury and is available for today’s encounter.

Team manager Sharif Mussa said the Highlanders-bound striker would be assessed by the medical team ahead of the match. They trained at the match venue at 5pm yesterday.

“He is on the road to recovery; he will be assessed today (yesterday) and then we will see what happens. We have some other knocks here and there, but nothing serious. The medical team is working on them and we have not ruled anyone out of the match,” Mussa said.

If Sibanda returns, it will provide coach Ian Gorowa with further attacking options, which have been a major source of worry in the group stages with only one goal scored.

The coach will not tinker with his back five — goalkeeper George Chigova, right-back Hardlife Zvirekwi, left-back Milton Ncube and the central defensive pairing of skipper Partson Jaure and Eric Chipeta.

Defensive shield Danny Phiri will anchor with Peter Moyo lining up in front of him in an attacking position.

Masimba Mambare and Kudakwashe Mahachi will take the wings while How Mine’s Simba Sithole and Sibanda or Ali Sadiki will lead the attack.

Zimbabwe had been due to play Libya in an international friendly match in early January, but the match was cancelled as the North Africans failed to secure airlines to Harare.

That could have given the Warriors insight into how they play.

But after Libya were stretched by Gabon in the quarter-finals (the match had ended 1-1 after extra time), they eventually won 4-2 on penalties, where they exhibited high levels of accuracy.

Faisal Mansour Ali, Mohamed Ghanudi, Elmutasem Abushnaf and Muataz Mahde Fadel converted four penalties in the 4-2 win while Gabon hit the post and the Libyan goalkeeper saved one to hand them victory.

This alone must not give the Warriors any sense of complacency that the match will be a walkover or that if it ends in a penalty shootout, they will win.

The Warriors need to sharpen their boots in front of goal and get that early goal that will unsettle the Libyans.

Said Mussa: “We have to make sure that complacency does not creep into the boys and we will be very wary of any onslaught by the Libyans.”

19 COMMENTS

  1. I saw them play against Gabon, they cant beat us..Morocco, Mali and Uganda are stronger than Libya. The Coach must however not repeate the mistake he made of substituting Peter Moyo..the move almost cost us against Mali….otherwise we are looking beyind Libya

  2. I Don’t see Lybia troubling Zimbabwe,the Warriors need to Score early to unsettle them,i Predict a high score win for The Warriors (Zim 3-0 Lyb)

  3. Mr Gorowa you had a good game plan last time, i edge you to stick to that plan. I think he did a good thing by replacing Peter moyo the guy anga aneta the guy was running out of power .mukoma uya won almost every ball in the middle of the park.He worked very hard Gorowa wanted to put fresh legs which was not bad.Go Zimbabwe go.

  4. why keep on referring simba sithole to how mine when other zimbabwean players are reffered to as warriors and not identified with their teams back home. I have been following your reporting on the warriors and simba sithole being identified with how mine having done this or that for zimbabwe warriors. this would appear like how mine is a certain country that loaned a player to zimbabwe

  5. @ comrade mwana wevhu, ko mababtwabatwa neiko apa samusha? Pane watukwa here apa? Muri kurwadziwa kuti timu yekuBhuruwayo iri kutaurirwei here? Inototaurwa nekuti mwana wayo ari kutiitira zvidavado. Kuedza kumusiyanisa nemadandara edu awo maviri isu maDembare anoti: Simba Sithole naTawanda Muparati. Musarwadziwa henyuba. Ndiye iyeye we How Mine ari kutoita kuti zvinhu zvifambe achikunda vedu vaviri avo vari kutovhiringidza vamwe vari kujaza nhabvu. Gorowa. We are likely to win if you keep away Muparati. You included him against Mali and that almost costed us.

  6. I think Zimbabwe on paper is a beta side of the two. However Zim needs to put aside this fact and treat their opponents with respect coz they also want to make history and proceed to the finals. Our boys should also work tirelessly throughout the game and avoid playing for time as this has historically been their greatest downfall in the past. Otherwise I see an enjoyable game that should end tisina kubatira hana mumaoko!!!!

  7. Comrade makaoma musoro kkkkkkkkk, kunana Simba Sithole vaviri, weDynamos newe Howmine, saka kuti vanhu vazive Simba arikutaurwa kunotoshandiswa team e.g Gift lunga Junior and Gift Lunga Sinior…..haaa kudzidza kwakanaka……….I see Zimbabwe playing Ghana in Final and winning the final 2-1

  8. Go warriors go, am very certain that our team Team Zim will reach the finals today. But coach vakaita zvavainge vaita zvekusabhura sabhura pa last game tinogona kubaiwa. Tawanda Mparati hapana chinhu paye, anoshoresa bhora remuzim. Soccer star of the year vanotamba marara. It shows selection paselection yacho pakaita Nikuv. Maybe aninge asina kurova bonza, coz they are tested for drugs by fifa. Tinohwina chete guyz lets support our guyz. Nhasi pungwe tichifarira vakomana vapinda mufinal against Ghana.

  9. Lets go and support our guys, tinohwina chete. Gorowa we thank you for flying our flag high. Hurumende ipaiwo vakomana mari inemusoro vadadisa nyika. Go warriors go, takutobuda mundima tizokusapotayi guys. Mukombe ndewedu isu vana vezimbabwe.

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