The Warriors have to prove that they have the team spirit and overall strength to compete in the biggest football competition with a win over Mozambique.
A loss or draw will certainly not put them in good standing. This comes after the defeat at home to Guinea which has left question marks hanging over Zimbabwe’s strength.
Generally in African football, you do not lose a game at home in such competitions.
Even the most ardent of their fans have been left questioning their team’s ability, with some saying Zimbabwe are out of the World Cup.
But that could be proved wrong with a win over Mozambique which will put the Warriors on three points while Egypt and Guinea cancel each other in Conakry.
The two teams have three points but can shoot to four points with a draw while a loss for one of them and a win for Zimbabwe will bring the Warriors back into contention.
Captain Tapuwa Kapini admitted the Warriors are in a tight position but said the team is ready to rock and roll against the Mambas and collect the three points.
Although the Mambas lost 0-2 to Egypt in their opening game in Cairo, reports suggest that the southern African nation put up a brave fight but were unfortunate not to have utilised the chances that came their way.
Zimbabwe, too, were wasteful in their match against Guinea, with chief striker, Knowledge Musona, the main culprit.
A repeat of that performance will leave the Warriors without a goal and possible early elimination from the World Cup.
Coach Rahman Gumbo has made it clear that he will field virtually the same side that did duty against Guinea, with Musona partnering Dynamos’ Takesure Chinyama who also missed a glut of chances against the Elephants of Guinea.
Gumbo has a lot of experience in his team with Kapini leading the cast that also includes Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe Nengomasha, Onismo Bhasera and Vusa Nyoni.
Gumbo and his troops have to be warned that the whole nation is watching and a defeat against the Mambas will not be entertained back home.Post published in: Football