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ZIMBABWE will be hoping to maintain their 100% record when they take their campaign in the African Nations Cup soccer tournament to the Seychelles tomorrow. <

With victories over Mali, Eritrea and the Seychelles, Zimbabwe lead the four-nation group and seem poised to remain at the top after this weekend’s action.

Mali, trailing the Warriors by three points, will be expected to make light work of Eritrea in Bamako, to keep themselves in contention.

Since independence, the Warriors have failed to reach the finals of the continental competition, let alone the World Cup.

Zimbabwe has been faltering at the last hurdle and are now widely referred to as “nearly men” of African football.

The Warriors, under the guidance of Sunday Marimo, know too well that a win tomorrow will take them closer to the finals in Tunisia next year.

Marimo, who has a proud history of moulding ordinary teams into formidable forces, will be hoping that things work out for him with the under-achieving Zimbabwe.

He knows the Seychelles’ strenghts and weaknesses, having guided the Warriors to a 3-1 win in the revere fixture in Harare last March.

Marimo is likely to use his favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Caps United goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro should retain his place in the team while Germany based defender George Mbwando and Charles Yohane are likely to be used as wingbacks.

At the heart of defence Kaitano Tembo and Dumisani Mpofu should take care of business.

But it is the midfield department that is likely to give Marimo some headaches, especiall given the absence of playmaker Johannes Ngodzo.

Marimo has drafted Czech based midfielder Kennedy Chihuri into the crucial department.

Chihuri should get assistance from Lloyd Chitembwe and possibly Dynamos playmaker Francis Chandida.

There are also Eddie Mashiri and AmaZulu anchorman Esrom Nyandoro available for selection in this department.

AJ Auxerre hitman Benjani Mwaruwari and skipper Peter Ndlovu should start as the twin strikers.

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