WASHINGTON DC —
Zimbabwe’s Warriors say they are going out for a goal harvest against bitter rivals Zambia in a long awaited 2014 African Nations Championship qualifier at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Warriors know that they need to score at least three goals without reply ahead of the return leg in Ndola next week and coach Ian Gorowa says the Warriors have to use all the scoring opportunities that will come their way.
On that premise, Gorowa needs his strikers Tonderai Ndoro and Nelson Mazivisa to be at their best while at the same time hope that his defence marshaled by Partson Jaure with Tafadzwa Dube in goals does not concede any goals.
Although statistics and current form points to a Chipolopolo victory, Gorowa says they have home advantage, adding that they will have a twelfth man in the form of a huge crowd which is likely to throng the stadium for the game.
To guarantee a huge crowd, the Zimbabwe Football Association have set a modest charge of $3 for the cheapest seat in the stadium and have also instructed the Premier Soccer League to cancel all matches that had been lined up for this weekend to allow the fans to attend the Warriors game.
The team that wins the two legged tie will qualify for the African Nations Championships to be held in South Africa in January, and will involve 16 teams.
Games between the Warriors and the Chipolopolo have become hugely anticipated derbies in African football and the atmosphere is intense on either side of the boarder ahead of this showdown.