KALISTO Pasuwa has warned his Warriors troops against taking lightly lowly-placed Comoros whom they host at Rufaro on Sunday for a 2016 Chan qualifier preliminary round, first leg match.
Comoros are ranked 190 in the world and have been averaging a ranking of 186 while Zimbabwe are on position 119.
But Pasuwa has chosen to be cautious in his approach to Sunday’s match.
“We should not read much into the rankings because anything can happen in football. I hear most people saying this is a walkover for Zimbabwe but let us not be deceived by these rankings,” Pasuwa said.
“We have to treat Comoros like any other team on the continent. This is a serious game which we cannot afford to slip up so we are putting maximum efforts.
“We have to work hard and try to score many goals so that when we go there for the second leg we have an easy job.”
Comoros lost 2-0 to Burkina Faso last week in a 2017 Afcon qualifier away while Zimbabwe were edging Malawi 2-1 in the bid to make it to the same tournament.
Chirambadare passport nightmare
WARRIORS and Chicken Inn striker Edmore Chirambadare was facing a race against time to get a passport ahead of Zimbabwe’s African Nations Championships (CHAN) 2016 qualifier against the Comoros on Sunday in Harare.
Chirambadare was expected to make his debut for the Warriors having hit the nets eight times in the opening 13 matches, but unless he gets his passport – a pre-requisite for international matches – he risks losing out.
His passport expired on Thursday.
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa said: “He has one day left and we don’t know if he will get a new one on time. We will see by end of day tomorrow (Saturday).”
Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela was not available for comment.
If he fails to get the document, Pasuwa will have to turn to his Under 23 players like Tino Kadewere, Mgcini Sibanda and Thomas Chideu although, with the level of competition, he needed an experienced hand.
This might give Hwange forward Evans Rusike a starting berth with Malvern Gaki and Wisdom Mutasa operating from the wings.
In the last tournament Zimbabwe fought up to the semifinal stages where they were beaten by eventual winners Libya.
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In 2008, Sunday Chidzambwa took them to Ivory Coast while Madinda Ndlovu led them in Sudan in 2011 before Ian Gorowa took them to South Africa last year and was the only one to get them out of the group stages.
Meanwhile, Zifa, in a bid to attract a sizeable crowd to Sunday’s match, have reduced the cheapest ticket to $2 while the western stands will cost $5 and the VIP $10.
Previously, charges for the cheapest rest of the ground ticket had been pegged at $3, but the national association needs numbers to cover match expenses like player bonuses and match officials’ allowances.