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The sun seems to be shinning for Warriors

The sun is shining in the eyes of the Warriors as the road to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals reaches the climax with fortune in favour of the Zimbabweans.

By Michael Kariati

Although they have to thank goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva for coming out with a point from the Somhlohlo Stadium in Mbabane, the goalless draw between the Syli Nationale of Guinea and the Flames of Malawi has given the Warriors the chance to take full control of Group L.

The Warriors only need a win against the Sihlangu at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow to open up a three point lead and put themselves one foot into the 2017 festival to be hosted by Gabon.

This is the closest the Warriors have come to qualification in the past 10 years and they will have themselves to blame should they fail to achieve qualification this time around.

Zimbabwe National Soccer Coaches Association chairman Beki Nyoni thinks the Warriors will be there in Gabon come 2017. “They only need not to be complacent against Swaziland. If only they can get three points, then they are on their way to Gabon,” said Nyoni.

Even Zimbabwe Football Association liaison officer Matthisa Kufandirimbwa believes the home game against Swaziland is the most crucial. “What we only need is to go on top of the table and forget to look back,” said Kufandirimbwa.

This is coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s chance to make history and become the third coach in history after Sunday Chidzambwa in 2004 and Charles Mhlauri in 2006 to take the Warriors to the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Pasuwa’s team has been struggling for goals and the coach needs to be spot-on in his striking position roles to ensure that goals pour in against the Sihlangu first and then in the remaining two matches.

This is also the chance for Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa to make history by becoming only the second Zifa supremo after Rafik Khan to take the Warriors to the continental football festival.

Khan was Zifa chairman in 2004 and 2006 and Chiyangwa and company have to ensure that everything is available for the Warriors to allow them to perform to their fullest.

There will also be stakes for the players.

Although Costa Nhamoinesu is comfortable at Europa League club Sparta Prague, for Zimbabwe’s other foreign based players like Knowledge Musona, Nyasha Mushekwi, Marvelous Nakamba, Khama Billiart and Mathew Rusike, qualification will offer them the opportunity to get offers at bigger clubs.

For those based at home like Danny Phiri, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Bruce Kangwa, Elisha Muroiwa, Tatenda Mukuruva, Ronald Chitiyo, and Marshall Mudehwe, this is the chance for them to prove a point and get offers abroad and abandon the low-paying domestic game.

The sun is shining for the Warriors but they can make it shine even brighter by winning against Swaziland.

7 Responses to The sun seems to be shinning for Warriors

  1. Zibusiso March 27, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    Just need device intervention for the worriors,they need to play with consistency. I think of Benjamin konjera & Peter Ndlovu era,these boys were true heroes let our youngsters emulate them,above all,thanks Calisto for taking charge of the team ,its all in their hands if they want to drop the ball but in your case,you have done a great job my coach

  2. Mabuza March 27, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    lt sound like they is still a glmpse of hope to the warriors bt they are supposed to take the game serious as they ddnt perfme very wel in Swaziland. The players were failing even to hold the ball,if we can consider how Khama play when he is at his club bt on dat day he was like a division 1 play,however credit goes to Pasuwa he faild to form a formdable cmbination. We cnt play a match with Katsande and Phiri they are good as 1

  3. ndoro March 27, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    mabuza is right.katsande &danny are as good as 1.jaure should hav played in this game,kuda mahachi is needed to into the next match.these guys could have helped coz they can suply clean balls to strikers.its best to hav 3-5-2 formation.3difenders-5midfilders&2strikers.midfilders 1central 2 difending&2atacking,we wil dominate swaziland especialy at home.they should avoid long un necesary balls without comunication&give suport to the man on the ball.pasuwa must not relax&think the boys wil deliver coz they are from abroad.plan your work well&seek advice wer its necesary. u hav all i takes now to deliver,motivated,good players,suporters&a good administration.we loves u guys &pliz make us proud.

  4. Maposa Filmon March 27, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Pliz Pasuwa we want nothing short of 3pnts,possible winning squad;1t mkuruva 2p jaure 3o bhasera 4 c nhamoinesu 5e chipeta 6captain 7e rusike 8m nakamba 9 k musona 10 m rusike 11 k billiat supersubs mahachi,deco,mushekwi,muroiwa,kangwa,arubi

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  6. AntiGHOST March 31, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Warriors on their resounding victory..As a football fanatic I would like to thank the National team coach Callisto Pasuwa and the Zifa President BOSS PHIDZA..Above all Sir Wicknell has to be thanked to a greater extent for financing the match fixing of this Swaziland match..On Monday it felt like we had gone back in time to the GONO era where it used to be from ZERO to HERO..Winning this match was quite suspicious considering the previous performances of the national team and the stories making rounds about match fixing..

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