HARARE – Warriors acting team manager Patrick Mutesva believes their Cosafa Cup failure a fought night ago will provide the perfect platform in their attempt for a third successive African Nations Championship (Chan) appearance when they face Mauritius on Sunday.
The qualifier at the George V Stadium in Port Louis on Sunday in what will be the first assignment for new coach Ian Gorowa.
Gorowa, who takes over from German expatriate Klaus Dieter Pagel,s conducted two training sessions at the National Sports Stadium before naming an 18-man traveling party.
Speaking to Daily News shortly before their departure yesterday, Mutesva, who is standing in for Shariff Mussa, said the players are desperate to make up for the Cosafa failure.
“It will be awesome if we can get something out of the match but it won’t be great if we lose the game,” he said.
“The players are in good shape and they will not get carried away by the surroundings, that is for the supporters. The players have to go there and compete and do themselves justice.
“Morale is very high in the squad and everyone is excited about this match. It’s almost the same team that played at the Cosafa Cup. They know each other and are ready to make up for the Cosafa defeat at the hands of Zambia in the final. It’s not easy playing away from home, but we need to go there and come up with a comfortable result before we can finish the job at home.
“But we know the importance of the game and we will just have to work as a team and get the result that we need.”
The Warriors have been to the last two editions of the Chan tournament in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.
Should they clear the Mauritius hurdle, the Warriors will then face the winner between Zambia and Botswana, who are meeting in another first round qualify.
The technical team thrusts faith in the majority of the players who did duty in Zambia and dropped Black Mambas’ Nicolas Alifandika and Lot Chiunga of Black Rhinos due to injuries.
DeMbare left-back Ocean Mushure and Monomotapa winger Ronald Chitiyo was also sidelined with injuries.
The injured players have been replaced by Milton Ncube of Highlanders, FC Platinum striker Nelson Maziwisa and the Dynamos trio of Augustine Mbara, Partson Jaure and Tawanda Muparati.
Squad: Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Augustine Mbara, Eric Chipeta, Partson Jaure, Prosper Matizanadzo, Masimba Mambare, Devon Chafa, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Nelson Maziwisa, Last Chibwiro, Milton Ncube, Felix Chindungwe, Ali Sadiki, Tawanda Muparati, Simba Sithole.