Zimbabwe football fans are looking forward to a splendid show by the Mighty Warriors.
The Zimbabwean squad might have lost 1-6 to Germany in their Group F 2016 Olympic Games opener but the southern African nation women’s soccer team won a lot of admirers.
Those who watched the game will no doubt agree that the Zimbabweans put up a spirited show and even sent the Germans into panic when they scored to make it 2-1.
As they brace for their do-or-die encounter against Canada at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paolo tomorrow, Zimbabwean football followers have urged the Mighty Warriors to keep up the momentum and not to give their opponents too much respect.
Staunch Warriors supporter Farai Kambamura says the Mighty Warriors should not look at history or the world ranking of their opponents but should focus on their own play.
“If we take into account their performance against Germany, they just gave them too much respect. The Mighty Warriors should not worry about Canada being a powerhouse. They should concentrate on their own game. They are capable of winning the game,” said Kambamura.
The Mighty Warriors need a win or at least a draw against the Canadians to remain with a realistic chance of qualifying to the next round.
Football analyst Archie Mundava says the Mighty Warriors should build on the lessons learnt from the game against Germany and use that for the matches ahead starting with the one against Canada.
“One might say we were hammered but we need to look at the lessons from that hammering against Germany,” said Mundava.
Kambamura believes if the Mighty Warriors can improve a little on their performance against Germany, the Zimbabweans will pick up the much-needed points.
“They should play their normal game. I think, by doing that they will come out victors,” said Kambamura.
Although he says he does not expect miracles from the Mighty Warriors against such opposition as Canada, football commentator Francis Nyamutsamba says he hopes the Mighty Warriors will fight to the bitter end.
“It is a very tough opposition and I wouldn’t expect miracles from our girls. But we are still hoping that they will give their best (display),” said Ntamutsamba.
In local soccer, leaders FC Platinum and second-placed Caps United play each other at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow in what is unquestionably the highlight of the weekend soccer program.
Kugona Kunenge Kudada lead the Green Machine by two points and a loss will see the Green Machine go top and a win for the visitors will see their lead extend to five points.
The stakes on offer cannot be overemphasized.
Here are the other fixtures.
ZPC Kariba V Ngezi Platinum Stars -Nyamhunga
Chicken Inn V Chapungu -Luveve
Bulawayo City V Hwange -Barbourfields
Triangle V Highlanders -Gibbo
How Mine V Harare City - Luveve
Borders V Dynamos -Dulivadzimu
Mutare City V Tsholotsho -Sakub