Mhofu warns Warriors

WARRIORS coach Sunday Chidzambwa has used last weekend’s Cosafa Cup quarter-final shock results to warn his players on what could happen if they were to underrate Lesotho who they meet at Moruleng Stadium in North West Province, South Africa, tonight.

BY HENRY MHARA IN SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa

Kick-off time is 7:30pm.

The match precedes semi-final one between Zambia and Tanzania, which starts at 5pm.

To qualify for the semis, Zimbabwe, who have been arguably the best team so far in this tournament, managed to avoid a humbling with a 2-1 win over Swaziland after both South Africa, the defending champions, and 2015 winners Namibia were dumped out in shock defeats to Tanzania and Lesotho, respectively.

Chidzambwa is worried that his men could also be in for a surprise today if they don’t get their act together.
“Lesotho are a good side, they beat Namibia and, to me, that was a very big surprise. But on a good day, we can easily go past them, that is if we guard against complacency.

“Our biggest challenge in this match is complacency, but on our day, we can beat them. They defend well, and have one very good striker and also their left winger, so we need to look out for those guys and make sure they don’t get near our goal.”

Zimbabwe, having taken this tournament by storm, scoring an incredible 12 goals in the four matches they have played so far, will naturally start as favourites against a Lesotho side who huffed and puffed against Namibia.

History also favours Zimbabwe, who have dominated their previous meetings with Lesotho.

They have clashed 17 times since their first meeting on September 6, 1981 in a friendly match, with the Warriors going on to win on 13 occasions, drawing four times and losing just once.

Their most recent meeting in a competitive match was on July 17, 2013 in a Cosafa match, when Zimbabwe won 2-1.

Since then, they have played two friendly matches, Zimbabwe winning one and drawing the other.

But Chidzambwa does not want to look much into statistics.

“Nowadays each and every team is difficult. Teams have improved a lot, so you never know what they have in store for us. We need to play well, fight hard, get our attitude right and make sure we concentrate for the entire 90 minutes.

“In previous matches we did well, but that is now history, this is a new game altogether. We really need to pull up our socks and make sure we get through to the next round.”

While the Warriors have done so well this far, there is no denial that it is the captain Ovidy Karuru who has lit up the tournament with six goals and two man of the match accolades to show for it.

“So far he (Karuru) has done very well and we’re proud of him. He has proved his critics wrong,” Chidzambwa reckons.

Before leaving Harare, the ZPC Kariba coach spoke about reaching the final as the team’s main objective, and he feels they are well on course.

“We have gone past the difficult games and we are left with just one. We just hope and pray that God helps us to get to the final. I would be happy if we get to the final. People back home should pray for us so that we can have a good semi-final match and qualify to the final.”

After the players were given time off on Monday following their win on Sunday night, they were back at training yesterday morning to prepare for tonight’s match.

“Today’s (yesterday) training was about loosening up, we couldn’t do anything strenuous because of the number of games we have played in a few days. So we just did some jogging and stretching,” Chidzambwa said.

He said he was unlikely to make many changes to the team that played in the previous match.

He reported a clean bill of health in his squad, with defender Jameson Mukombwe, who missed the team’s last two matches with a tight muscle, the only one struggling.

The roving right-back did some light training yesterday and will have to pass a late fitness test.

Warriors probable line-up

G Chigova, E Chipeta, L Chakoroma, J Tigere, H Moyo, G Takwara, I Mucheneka, O Mushure, O Karuru, T Chawapiwa, P Dube

16 Comments

  1. wilberforce willie

    go warriors go.This is the moment

  2. oddicious Chikandiwa

    Go Zimbabwe Go

  3. Fidel Marufu Kwekwe

    Tambai bhora vakomana

  4. They have clashed 17 times since their first meeting on September 6, 1981 in a friendly match, with the Warriors going on to win on 13 occasions, drawing four times and losing just once = 17 ???

    1. andrewdzawanda

      Dont worry these guys they dont edit their work

    2. KKKKKK close scrutiny. u must be a journo !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. takawira sigireta

    go zim go we will destroy them

  6. Mukanya waSvosve

    When Kick-off time for the match with Lesotho is 7:30 pm how then can you say,

    “The match precedes semi-final one between Zambia and Tanzania, which starts at 5pm”.?

    The reporter should say the match “follows” the one between Zambia and Tanzania. Please check your dictionary for the meaning of “precedes”

  7. Go warriors GO!!!!!!!!!

    kkkk so many English Teachers hey…..

  8. Command Center

    When a nation is in crisis, journalism is in crisis, editors are in crisis, and the readers suffer the kwenzikwenziz

    1. augustine muganhiri

      hayas

  9. chiki power 2

    its obvious mhofu, the warriors are going to win the cosafa cup. take this advantage to come up with a competitive team which can perform some wonders at afcon. hey we are always the wiping boys at afcon

  10. Behind you warriors, all the way to yhe finals.

  11. Behind you warriors, all the way to the finals.

  12. Go warriors go. And to journos, whenever you write an article for consumption by Zimbos as a primary marker/audience, make sure your English is impeccably good. Remember, the English/British taught us to be better than them at it. Kkkkkkkkkkk.

  13. So we’ve met 18 times. Win 13 drawn 4 loose 1

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