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Will Warriors Qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations?

  • Michael Kariati

Guinea's Florentin Pogba (AP)

Guinea's Florentin Pogba (AP)

The Zimbabwe soccer family is hopeful that the Warriors will qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals despite stuttering to a one-all draw at home against the Syli Nationale of Guinea on Sunday.

From the young to the old and the Warriors themselves, the Zimbabwe

football family is optimistic that the Warriors will make the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations journey despite dropping two valuable points at home against the north Africans.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa has strong belief in his team but says there is need for more time in camp if the Warriors are to realize their dream.

Even striker Cuthbert Malajila, who plays in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns, added that there is need for more time for the players in camp. He said players have no control over when they should be in camp.

Czech Republic-based Costa Nhamoinesu of Sparta Prague says the race for a place at the Nations Cup finals is still on, adding that his dream is to see Zimbabwe qualify after missing out of the past five editions.

MATCH PREPARATIONS

Football fan Emmanuel Gambare says apart from the short preparation time, there is also need for a few adjustments in the manner in which the Warriors play.

The Warriors still have four matches to play in the qualifiers.

They will play back-to-back matches against Swaziland before traveling to Guinea for the return match.

They will round off their campaign with a home game against Malawi.

All the games will be played next year.

KIRSTY COVENTRY

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s top swimmer, Kirsty Coventry, was expected late Tuesday evening to take to the pool in her favourite race, the 200 metre backstroke at the All Africa Games in the Congo.

All eyes will be on the swimmer as she seeks to raise the Zimbabwe's flag high following disappointing performances from the football team, gymnasts, and karatekas in Monday’s events.

The Young Warriors were beaten 1-0 by Burkina Faso while the karateka, Jerald Muusha and Innocent Jairi were eliminated in the qualifying stages.

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