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'2021 AFCON: Low Expectations Good For Warriors'

'2021 AFCON: Low Expectations Good For Warriors'

Former Warriors and CAPS United left-back Cephas Chimedza believes Zimbabwe will qualify for the knockout stages at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals that start in Cameroon tomorrow.

The Warriors have never gone beyond the group stages since making their debut at the 2004 finals in Tunisia but Chimedza opines that with less pressure and a different qualifying format, Zimbabwe will get to the next stage.

Zimbabwe can qualify for the Round of 16 as group winners, runners up or one of the four third-best finishers.

Chimedza, who was named the 2004 Zimbabwe Soccer Star of the Year, and has 32 senior national team caps, said:

Without pressure and much expectations, I think our #Warriors will qualify for the knockout round, add to that the new qualifying format.

Chimedza was also part of the Warriors’ 2006 AFCON squad, scoring a goal in the 2-1 win over Ghana.

Meanwhile, Team manager Wellington Mpandare told Chronicle that they are satisfied with the condition of the training pitch that the Warriors are using in Baffousam ahead of their first Group B game against Senegal on Monday. He said:

We had our first training session yesterday (Thursday) from 1430hrs to 1600hrs then we will have our second today from 1400hrs to 1600hrs.

There is so much improvement on the training field from the one we saw when we came for the draw. It looks like it’s the main pitch.

AFC Bournemouth utility player, Jordan Zemura, was expected to be tested again for COVID-19 on Friday before immediately flying to Cameroon if cleared.

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14 Comments

Tkt 5 months ago

Mboko imboko, ngaizive zvehu mboko


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Tichakubvunzai yapinda zimbabwe yacho ,ana mane vamuri kutaura nana mendy ee bhora vanotamba asi vanotamba kuchando kwavaine combination kwete muno mu Africa,kana tokadyiwa ne Senegal topinda chete mu last 16


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Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Chiendai pa platform ye Senegal mhani kusatishupe isu ma supporter ema warriors imi vana venture.ho warriors go


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Chamunozvitambudzira ana mboko tochishaya mese na bright, kuda kana kusada zimbabwe iriko ki afcon ende iri kuzo pinda mu last 16 chte,zanu yacho kuda kusada irikutonga saka hazvidi kungohukuru pachinhu chaukuziva hauna control kana chekuita


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Utori benzi kuramba nyika yako yaunyare manje murume mukuru dai uripadhuze ndakugwamhura facof ,kana tukarohwa nesenegal hazvina basa pamalawi ne guinea topinda chete

Bright 5 months ago

Rotai tichakubvunzai zvakatadzwa nana Peter vaiva nebhira pamoyo tichakubvunzai yakakwa ne Senegal ini hangu andisapote zvisina basa manje wanzwa ka andisi benzi ini

Francis Mhike Mutema 5 months ago

Go warriors Go.last 16 pfee zvedu .SRC kumberi


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

@mboko,who cares about FIFA..e same fifa doesn't care abt you...fifa is also controlled by world politix if u didn't know...

Mboko 5 months ago

Src iyo i gorvenment ...haifanirwe kupindira mubhora.. Its not allowed by fifa..zim people mongokorokotedza kan kungofarira zvinhu zvisina musoro plus musati maita ma research..

Mboko 5 months ago

Zvima worriors zvakafanana na Rue wa t freddy kungobhoshewa chiweti,kutsvatsvangiwa beans vapedza voita noise ..asi vabatwa ma parts..


Mboko 5 months ago

Zim soccer is shit..simple
Zim soccer yakafanana ne zanu pf..hpaana zvozikamwa...


Bright 5 months ago

Mukoma chimedza madii mamuka kwachena kare ka musarote ka imimi Senegal mukuiziva her bvunzai pasuwa gore Riya ini hangu I go for Senegal hangu bcz bp andidi hangu like afcon iya yekwa chipezeze iya


Bright 5 months ago

Maya andidi zve bp ini

Jack Bauer 5 months ago

Deep inside you'll be supporting your country...that i know much kkkkk


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