HARARE – Warriors right back Hardlife Zvirekwi says winning this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup will be the team’s ultimate target when the tournament gets underway in Namibia at the weekend.
Zimbabwe will begin their quest for the 2016 Cosafa tournament in the group stages where they will play against Swaziland, Seychelles and Madagascar.
Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges are scheduled to fly out to Windhoek today where they will begin their title bid with a date against Swaziland on Saturday.
Interestingly, Zimbabwe met Sihlangu twice in the Afcon qualifiers where they picked four points.
The Warriors forced a 1-1 draw in Swaziland in the first leg of the qualifiers before thumping 4-0 at home in the reverse fixture at the National Sports Stadium en-route to seal their qualification for next year’s Afcon tournament to be held in Gabon.
And Zvirekwi is confident of doing well at this year’s tournament after they failed to progress past the Group stages last year in South Africa.
“We are definitely looking forward to doing well at this year’s tournament. Our target is to win the Cup obviously,” Zvirekwi said.
“We are going there with a positive mind of winning the tournament. Morale is high in the team. We have quite a balanced team of experienced and youthful players. So I don’t see ourselves getting it wrong this time around.”
Zvirekwi said they are encouraged by the team’s qualification to next year’s Afcon.
“We want to maintain the same form that saw us qualifying for the Afcon. There is high expectations from our fans and we wouldn’t want to disappoint them.
“It’s been long since we last won this Cup and we hope to win it this time around. Of course, it will not be easy for us. It calls for hard work and dedication and we are hoping to make the country proud at the end of the day.”
Warriors assistant coach Saul Chaminuka also told the Daily News that they are looking forward to compete and bring the Cup home.
Chaminuka, however, reckons that it will not be easy.
“We are not going there to add numbers but to compete. We have a good squad of players who are eager to make a mark,” Chaminuka said.
“It will not be easy though. We are in the same group with Swaziland and remember they are bringing the same team that has been doing business in the Afcon qualifiers. We all know what they are capable of doing but we will give everything to ensure that we do well.”
Zimbabwe Cosafa Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva, Donovan Bernard
Defenders: Teenage Hadebe, Bruce Kangwa, Farai Madhanhaga, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Elisha Muroiwa, Blessing Moyo, Lawrence Mhlanga
Midfielders: Danny Phiri, Marshall Mudehwe, Nqobizitha Masuku, Raphael Manuvire, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Talent Chawapihwa
Strikers: Obadiah Tarumbwa, King Nadolo, Charlton Mashumba.