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Zimbabwe Africa Cup of Nations profile – best players, odds and predictions and history in competition

16/12/2016 00:00:00
by The Sun (UK)
 
 
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ZIMBABWE will enjoy just their third appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations after finishing top of their qualifying group.

Expectations are low for the minnows but they will be hoping that works in their favour as they aim to get out of a tough group that includes Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

In their previous two tournaments, Zimbabwe have failed to reach the knock-out stages.

Who are Zimbabwe’s best players?

Khama Billiat, striker, Mamelodi Sundowns

The 26-year-old will be relatively unknown when the tournament gets under way but he has the ability to cause the opposition defence trouble.

In 18 caps he has a respectable eight goals including three in six matches during the qualifying.

Costa Nhamionesu, defender, Sparta Prague

The 30-year-old left-back is one of the more experienced players amongst the squad.

He has won the Czech league title, Czech Cup and Czech Supercup since making the move to Sparta Prague in 2013.


Costa Nhamoinesu

How did Zimbabwe qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations?

Zimbabwe lost just once on the road to Gabon in a tight 1-0 defeat against Guinea.

But wins over Malawi and Swaziland ensured the Warriors finished top of their group with 11 points, three clear of their nearest competitors.

They scored 11 goals in just six matches and had the best defensive record conceding four.

Who is the manager of Zimbabwe?

Callisto Pasuwa is very highly regarded amongst the players and staff at the team.

A former coach of Zimbabwe league side Dynamos Football Club, he made a name for himself after winning four consecutive league titles from 2011 to 2014.

His coaching career with the national side started with the Under-23 before quickly taking control of the first team.

What are Zimbabwe’s odds in the Africa Cup of Nations?

Zimbabwe are rank outsiders to win the tournament which can be reflected in their price at 66/1 with SunBets. (get the latest)



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Having failed to get out of the group stages, reaching the knock-out phrase will be seen as a success for the side.


 
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