THE Warriors carry the hopes of Southern African on Saturday when they clash with Mali in the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championships (Chan) at the Cape Town Stadium.
Hosts South Africa and Mozambique have since been knocked out.
After squeezing through to the last eight via a lone Masimba Mambare goal against Burkina Faso, the Warriors seemed to shaken the monkey off their backs and will go into the match as favourites if coach Ian Gorowa does not tinker with the starting line-up.
Donald Ngoma and Simba Sithole of Dynamos drew blanks in the opening matches against Morocco and Uganda, but in the final match Gorowa dropped the pair and thrust Peter Moyo, Charles Sibanda and Mambare while also dropping the ineffective Tawanda Muparati.
Save for Sibanda, who was injured in that match, the rest of the team is likely to remain unchanged.
Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova is yet to concede and will be between the sticks again. Hardlife Zvirekwi and Milton Ncube will operate from the right and left wing backs respectively.
Skipper Patson Jaure will partner towering Eric Chipeta in central defence.
Danny Phiri will assume the Claude Makelele role in as linkman with Kuda Mahachi, Mambare and Moyo forming the midfield.
How Mine’s Simba Sithole will also start while Gorowa will decide who will partner him between Ngoma, the other Sithole and Nelson Maziwisa.
Chigova said: “We are very determined to play this game like a final and I want to try and maintain a clean sheet in the tournament.”
Captain Jaure said they respected the Malians but they will give it their best.
“Although we respect Mali as a team, we are also hungry to qualify for the semi-final stage and any team can win this game,” he said.
Mali midfielder Idrissa Traore believes his side is destined for the 2014 CHAN finals on February 1 ahead of their quarterfinal match against Zimbabwe on Saturday.
“We are going to enter this quarterfinal in a very serious manner and with the utmost serenity,” Traore said.
“We are here to be crowned, nothing else. It has been our objective and we are praying God to have the opportunity to achieve it.”Advertisement