18-man Zimbabwe’s Warriors in Nigeria to learn how to play good football

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Warriors of Zimbabwe head coach, Sunday Chidzambga, has stated what he intends to achieve from the Super Eagles in today’s international friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Chidzambga spoke on the sidelines during his team’s training Friday evening at the stadium.

“Super Eagles are a strong team, not only in Africa but the world,” Chidzambga said.

“And it is always important to play such team going into a big tournament like the Nations Cup.

“They have won the Nations Cup many (three) times and it is important we use this game to learn from them.”

Asked what specifics his team will learn from the three-time African champions, Chidzambga retorted: “everything about football”.

He admitted his side are going into their fifth AFCON finals as underdogs but refused to set a particular target at the foremost African Football showpiece.

“I don’t believe in setting targets. What if you target a quarter-final and you (eventually) go ahead to win the cup?,” Chidzambga asked rhetorically.

The Zimbabwean Warriors scored in all but one game during the qualifiers and the coach attributed this to the fact that they parade fast forwards.

“That’s one of our strongest weapons,” he boasted.

Zimbabwe are in Group A of the 2019 AFCON alongside hosts, Egypt, Uganda and DR Congo.

They will tackle Pharaohs of Egypt in the opening game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on June 21.

Meanwhile, Three -time African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have a full house in Asaba, Delta State and are ready to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations sendforth friendly.

Both teams are expected to offer a sneak preview of how prepared they are for the AFCON, with Nigeria seeded in Group B and rated to go far in the finals and Zimbabwe believing it can punch above its weight in a pool also having host nation Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Meanwhile, today’s game at 6pm is expected to be executed by players who did not play regularly for their clubs during the last season according to head coach, Gernot Rohr.

According to him, this is to give him the opportunity to ascertain their physical and mental fitness ahead of the AFCON.

“I want to see a lot of players who are not playing so much, give them the opportunity to play,” Rohr told reporters in Asaba.

“It can be for some defenders like Balogun, he is fit but he didn’t play so much, so we want to see him playing on Saturday and also some players like Kelechi [Iheanacho].”

After the game, the Super Eagles will depart for Ismaila, Egypt on Sunday to continue their preparation for the Afcon. Then they will play their final friendly game against Senegal at the Ismailia Stadium on June 16.

Nigeria will be competing in their 18th AFCON tournament in Egypt and have been drawn in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.

The three-time African champions have been drawn in Group B along with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

They kick off their campaign in the tournament against the Swallows on June 22.

Zimbabwe’s Full Squad:

Goalkeeper: George Chigova, Edmore Sibanda.

Defenders: Tendayi Darikwa, Jimmy Dzingai, Divine Lunga, Teenage Hadebe, Alec Mudimu.

Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi, Marvellous Nakamba, Danny Phiri, Ovidy Karuru, Kuda Mahachi, Talent Chawapihwa, Khama Billiat.

Forwards: Nyasha Mushekwi, Tino Kadewere, Evans Rusike, Knowledge Musona.

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