‘TEAM WORK CRUCIAL’
11 January 2017
DYNAMOS star Masimba Mambare believes the Warriors will have to depend more on team work when they face Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.
The Warriors, who played Cameroon in a preparatory friendly yesterday, are the underdogs in group B of the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.
On January 15 Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges face the Desert Foxes of Algeria at Stade de Franceville.
Mighty Senegal, who were unbeaten through-out the qualifying campaign, will be next on January 19 at the same stadium. The Tunisian challenge will be last of group matches on January 23 at Stade de l’Amitié.
“I think we have to thrive on team work as Zimbabwe. That should be our biggest strength if we are to excel against these strong teams.
“All the three teams in our group have big names and they are expected to win against us.
“So basically we are going there as underdogs. That means less pressure on us and we should then be able to capitalise on that,” Mambare told H-Metro.
The Warriors will be counting on talisman Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat to continue from where they left in the qualification campaign when they scored three goals each.
Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu will also be inspirational at the back. The absence of Vitesse midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, who is suspended for the first game, is however a big blow for Zimbabwe.
Mambare, who has worked under Pasuwa before, said there was reason for the team to believe in their own capabilities.
His teammates at club level, Tatenda Mukuruva and Elisha Muroiwa, are likely to be part of the starting XI against Algeria.
“We have enough quality to do well at the tournament. I personally wish the boys the very best and I believe they can do the job,” he said.
While the Warriors will be seeking to make history in Gabon, Mambare will also be focused on trying to sort out his expired contract with Dynamos.
He has in the past weeks been linked with a move to either Yadah or Ngezi Platinum but yesterday he dismissed it as speculation.
“I always give first preference to my immediate club, Dynamos. Then if things don’t go the way I want, I consider moving on.
“Last season I played in a number of games for Dynamos, more than I had done since I joined the team.
“It’s unfortunate that the team didn’t perform well but I was happy to play a part,” he said.
On the contract negotiations, he said: “The last time we talked about it was towards season end. Nothing has materialised as yet.”