The Warriors began their campaign with a perfect start against Mauritius, who they beat 2-0 at the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday. They will be looking for nothing short of a win that will surely catapult them to top of the standings, as they play the Namibians just two days after their second tie against another lowly side – Seychelles.
Although they appear to be the most difficult opposition for Zimbabwe, the Namibians are not that good, as they failed to beat the Seychelles in their opening game – settling for a 0-0 scoreline instead, on the day The Warriors soared to top of the Group A standings.
Four-time regional champions Zimbabwe got the goals that broke the minnows through the strikes of Carlos Rusere and Ronald Chitiyo, as they look to cement their status as one of the pre-tournament favourites.
Mauritius were never really a test for the 2013 finalists, as they failed to breach the Zimbabwean defence, but Namibia are likely to be a different ballgame altogether and The Warriors should be battle-prepared.
Against the Seychelles, the Namibians created a number of chances that they failed to convert, as they gave in to frustration at the hands of the minnows still trying to make a mark for themselves in both regional and continental football.
Danger for Zimbabwe lurks in the dribbling and running skills of Deon Hotto, who gave the Seychelles defence a hard time in their first match.
By winning the regional tournament a record-equalling four times and reaching a number of finals in between previous tournaments, Zimbabwe will be looking at nothing short of a semi-final appearance and therefore, will have to beat Namibia to make better progress.
The last time they participated in the event, Zimbabwe fell to Zambia in the final of the tournament and they will be looking at winning it this time to appease their legion of passionate fans, who are still angry at their side’s failure to crack it to the broader Afcon and World Cup.Post published in: Football