Dream draw for Warriors

Hopes soar for World Cup success

BY Savious Kwinika

CAJ News Agency

DURBAN – The Warriors are set up for a good Federation of International Football Association World Cup 2010, following an easy draw against African continental lightweights in a FIFA preliminary draw on Saturday night.

The 2010 World Cup draw was conducted by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, with South African President Thabo Mbeki witnessing the grand event, set to take place for the first time on African soil.

Zimbabwe has never qualified before in any world cup final, but the 2010 draw promises hope to the under-achieving Warriors.

Drawn in group two, the Warriors will battle it out with fellow southern African nation Namibia, as well as Kenya and Guinea in a bid to win the single ticket to the second and final stage of the FIFA World Cup round before booking a ticket to South Africa.

Morgan Zhuwarara, a Zimbabwean athlete based in Durban, told CAJ News the draw was fair and easy for the Warriors.

“If we fail to qualify this time around, then my country (Zimbabwe) must quit football.

“This is the most glorious opportunity that presented itself for the Warriors, and we must outrightly edge these other small nations before qualifying for the second round and eventually the world cup finals,” said Zhuwarara.

The full draw:

GROUP ONE: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Mauritius. GROUP TWO

Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya. GROUP THREE: Angola, Benin, Uganda, Niger. GROUP FOUR: Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone. GROUP FIVE: Ghana, Libya, Gabon, Lesotho. GROUP SIX: Senegal, Algeria, Liberia, Gambia. GROUP SEVEN: Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar. GROUP EIGHT: Morocco, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mauritania. GROUP NINE: Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Seychelles. GROUP TEN: Mali, Congo, Sudan, Chad. GROUP 11: Togo, Zambia, Eritrea, Swaziland. GROUP 12: Egypt, DR Congo, Malawi, Djibouti.

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