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Warriors set for 2nd CHAN qualification

[Posted 05 Jun 2010]
Warriors set for 2nd CHAN qualification


By Brighton Mupangavanhu

The Warriors of Zimbabwe, still basking in the glory of having rubbed shoulders with the World's best-ranked team Brazil, now shift their focus to the task of making sure they qualify for the Championship of Nations (CHAN)twice in a row. The match will be played tomorrow at the refurbished National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare.

Zimbabwe carry a healthy away 2-4 lead after their victory over the Indian Islanders in Voctoria two weeks ago. The Warriors scored in that match through goals from Nyasha Mushekwi, Bhekimpilo Ncube, Benjamin Marere and debutant Qard Amin. In all probabilities, Zimbabwe are expected to sail past the Islanders with ease at home. Complacency though can prove to be the Warriors' worst enemy, and nothing stops Seychelles from springing a surprise against their more fancied opponents tomorrow.

The Indian Islanders have travelled to Harare ahead of tomorrow's match with problems in their camp. Four of the players who took part in the losing battle at the Stad Linite in Victoria a fortnight ago have refused to travel to Harar with the rest of the squad.These include influential captain Don Anacoura, Alex Nibourette, Henny Dufresne and Wilnes Brutus. Yet Mapeza warns his players to focus on their strategy rather than what is happening in the enemy's camp.

"But I donít think we should read much into reports of any problems in the Seychelles camp otherwise we will lose our focus.We should not be worried whether they have seven new players or if they are missing any key players. That is their business and it should not bother us," Mapeza said.

Zimbabwe received good preparations through the high profile friendly against Brazil where several players from the CHAN squad were given a run. Captain Method Mwanjali, Gilbert Mapemba, Nyasha Mushekwi, Ashley Rambanepasi, Steven Alimenda and goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda battled against the former World Champions who had the likes of Lucio, Alves, Kaka, Julio Caesar and Silva on display.

The Warriors's team has been boosted by the return of Ajax Cape Town-bound midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike, who missed the trip to Victoria due to his visit to Cape Town at the request of his new paymasters.

Zimbabwe are hoping to qualify for the second edition of the CHAN to be hosted by Sudan in January 2011. ZIFA has reported that the gate charges for this CHAN encounter will be pegged at the normal US$3 for the rest of the ground, US$5 for the Upper Grandstand and US$10 for the VIP stands. It is hoped that the fans will not be discouraged by the feeling prevailing in Harare that the match is already a dead rubber. There are also fears that the gulf that exists between this match and the historic Zimbabwe v Brazil match on Wednesday will rob this encounter of its excitement. But Zimbabweans love their Warriors too much to care about such things.


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