PASUWA DEMANDS GRIT
5 January 2017
WARRIORS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has not made it a secret that he cannot tolerate a player with weaknesses at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.
Zimbabwe will face Algeria in the first game, Senegal in the second match and close the group B matches with a date against Tunisia.
These are teams believed to be highly tactical than the Warriors and Pasuwa says he has been observing from high profile games in Europe on how to break down their opponents.
“Modern football these days we talk of aggression with the ball and aggression without the ball,” Pasuwa said.
He believes when they come face to face with the Desert Foxes of Algeria, they will need to defend as a team.
For that reason, he has been demanding much from his attackers this week to perfect their ball retention skills.
“We wanted them to win the ball and win duels. Maybe when we go there, we need to be very compact, defend as a team and attack as a team,” he said.
The former Dynamos coach said modern trends shows big teams with such qualities do better.
Such an approach, he believes, also covers up for the difference in class between individual players.
All the three teams – Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia – have more players at high profile leagues than the Warriors, something that has made analysts give Zimbabwe the underdog tag.
“Like we are having these high profile games being played, a striker can win the ball deep in the defence third and start to attack. That is one area we have been working on so that we can win duels as well. We need to be efficient to succeed,” he said.