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By Mugove Chigada / Published on Friday, 30 Dec 2016 14:13 PM / No Comments / 978 views

30 December 2016

Matthew Rusike
Matthew Rusike

WARRIORS star Mathew Rusike says they are not under any pressure preparing for the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.

Zimbabwe go into battle against Algeria in their first group B match on January 15 at Stade de Franceville.

Senegal will be next on January 19 at the same stadium before Tunisia on January 23 at Stade de l’Amitié.

The quality of the opponents has led other analysts across Africa to rule out the Warriors chances of progressing to the next stage.

The Helsingborgs IF star, Mathew, was part of the first 14 players in camp by Wednesday and he believes there is nothing to fear.

“We are relaxed. We know what is expected of us, it is not going to be easy. We are keeping the same mind frame that we had right from the beginning during qualification, a good team with unity and the morale is high in camp,” he told H-Metro.

“Morale is high and that is one thing that never changes here. I don’t know if it is a weakness on our part but we always take things relaxed. We are focused and we do our job but we are always relaxed. The guys are always having a joke. We will take it easy and we know we are going to enjoy the experience.”

The Warriors made up of local-based players forced a goalless draw away in Cote d’lvoire.

They were led by coach Kalisto Pasuwa while assistant Saul Chaminuka were in charge of the camp in Harare on Wednesday.

“The result in Cote’d’lvoire is very positive for the nation. We all know they are a great football nation. It is also positive for the guys who travelled because everyone is trying to put a hand up to make sure they get a call-up into the final squad if they are not in the 31 and those in the 31 will be trying to make it into the 23.

“It is good for everyone and for the coach to see and the more competition the better,” said Mathew.

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