Cautious Zimbabwe coach, Pasuwa, wary of Swaziland

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WARRIORS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has warned his charges of underestimating Swaziland in back-to-back 2017 Afcon Group L qualifiers to be played over the Easter holiday.
Zimbabwe will be in Mbabane on Good Friday before hosting Isihlangu on Easter Monday.
Pasuwa boasts a squad that on paper appears very strong while the Swaziland squad is mainly composed of players plying in their local league.
Most foreign-based Warriors players are in top form for their clubs including Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu, Knowledge Musona, Matthew and Evans Rusike, Khama Billiat and Marvelous Nakamba of Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse.
But Pasuwa is not reading much into his cream, insisting that his charges take Swaziland as serious opponents.
“Swaziland are not on top of our group by fluke. They are there on merit and look they beat Guinea away from home,” Pasuwa said.
“That speaks volumes of the tough encounter we are facing both away and at home. We have to take them seriously and avoid any upset. What I know is that most of their players have been playing together for a long while since they are based in Swaziland and they have more time in camp together.”
Swaziland top Group L with four points, the same number as the Warriors who are on second spot on an inferior goal difference.
The Warriors camp was boosted on Tuesday following the arrival of Captain Willard Katsande, Musona, Nhamoinesu, Matthew Rusike, Nyasha Mushekwi and Nakamba.
Only 13 players had trained on Monday as most foreign-based players had not yet arrived.Advertisement