Warriors in Pharaoh-land
The Zimbabwe national team are now in Egypt in preparation of the African cup of nations, and here at Zimsphere we give a guideline to 23 men who are going to represent our beloved a nation. The Warriors were underwhelming in the Cosafa cup even though they finished third in the tournament falling to Zambia. The Warriors then managed to hold Nigeria to a goalless draw in a friendly.
The Case of the Defence
The defensive unit is looking strong. The back five of Chigova, Pfumbidzai, Mudimu, Hadebe shone throughout the qualifiers. Even when Marshall Munetsi slotted in at right back he produced top-drawer performance. Devine Lunga also impressed against Villarreal sensation Samuel Chukueze in the goalless friendly indicating a sound depth at the back. Chigova is likely to retain his place after he serves his ban. But fans need no to worry as in Elvis Chipezeze and Edmore Sibanda, Mhofu has two quality performers between the sticks. Chipezeze produced a man of the match performance against Chipolopolo producing a string of world class saves in that math-up.
In Marshal Munetsi, Marvellous Nakamba and Deco Phiri the Warriors have three quality performers in the middle of the park. Phiri in particular may also be utilised as a deep-lying playmaker as he has a knack of picking out cross-field passes out wide. What the Zimbabwe are lacking a bit is a consistent attacking-linkman. On song, Ovidy Karuru and Thabani Kamusoko (RASTA) are unplayable but need to be more consistent in creating chances for the forwards.
The two best players are likely to start out wide, Khama Billiat and Knowledge Musona. Musona, the skipper and the talisman led from the front in their qualifiers and finished as the top goal scorer outscoring more prominent names, the likes of Sadio Mane and Asamoah Gyan. Billiat chipped in as well with goals and assists moreover he is a dead ball specialist. Issues arise through the middle as all the centre forwards tried have not performed convincingly. Evans Rusike is great at running in between the channels whereas Kadewere is lauded for his high pressing however always found wanting in front of goal. Same applies to Nyasha Mushekwi, a veteran now at 36 squandered a glorious chance against the Super Eagles. We hope the forwards may will be all guns blazing on the 21 June in the opening match against hosts
As hosts there are also favourites to lift the trophy and were losing finalists in the previous Afcon.
Main Man: Mo Salah without a shadow of doubt and the speedster has a little history with the Warriors scoring a hat trick in a World Cup qualifier back in 2013. And that was before Mo was a 2 time EPL golden boot winner, PFA player of the year and now has a Champions winners medal around his neck. Mo will prove be quite a handful to curb and our defence should be at their optimum to have any chance of stopping him.
Meanwhile Marshall Munetsi is set to leave Soweto giants Orlando Pirates as he is set join Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.via Goal.com