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Nakamba rallies Warriors

BY HENRY MHARA IN CAIRO, EGYPT

ZIMBABWE’s biggest undoing so far at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament currently underway in Egypt, has been their inability to convert the numerous chances that they create.

While they created very few scoring chances against Egypt in the Group A opener, the Warriors should have scored at least five goals against Uganda in their second match.

Skipper Knowledge Musona squandered three glorious chances in that match, which ended in a ruinous 1-1 draw, putting Zimbabwe on the brink of an early exit.

To progress to the second round, they now have to beat Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tonight, with many of the team expecting coach Sunday Chidzambga to ring changes in his forward line in search of better fortunes.

Star midfielder Marvellous Nakamba is confident that the team will be able to create enough chances like they did in the last match.

He has his submissions on what the team needs to do for them to achieve their goal tonight.

“Our chances are still bright, and for me it’s still in our hands. We just have to believe, fight for each other throughout the match, and everything will fall into place,” Nakamba said.

“If we don’t fight for each other, we will not get those chances, so our main priority would be unity and to remain focused, and we will create and score the goals.”

He added: “There is no reason to point fingers at each other. We win and lose as a team, so we will support our strikers. This is the moment we need to be together and give everything as a team.”

“As a team, we have showed we can do it and it’s now up to us to give everything and get a positive result. It’s possible, because we have enough quality to play against any team.

“The results haven’t come the way we wanted, but we know we can do it and make the supporters, our family and the nation very happy.”

Nakamba missed the team’s game against Uganda due to a hip injury, and will have to pass a late fitness test to feature tonight.

A row over bonuses and allowances has stalked the Warriors camp since they arrived here, but Nakamba has assured that the players are very much committed to participate in this tournament.

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