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Pasuwa cautious despite Lesotho thumping

WARRIORS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has refused to be swayed by his charges’ 3-1 win over Lesotho in a 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) first leg, final qualifier on Sunday, saying it’s still game on until the second leg is played.
Roderick Mutuma’s brace and a Danny “Deco” Phiri strike – all created by Knox Mutizwa – edged the Warriors close to a fourth consecutive finals qualification for a tournament that is designed for local players only.
“I did not want them to have that goal,” Pasuwa said.
“They are a good side. We will have to prepare well and we should fight in the second leg.
“So, as it stands, its game on and if we scored three goals at home, what can stop them from scoring three at home in the second leg.
“We have to fight and work on the errors and areas of penetration especially in the first half. We started slowly but we came back well in the second.”
He added: “We have to guard against complacency and avoid conceding a goal in the opening half.
“If we do that and hit on the counter, we would killed the game.”
Lesotho need to score two clear goals to pull through on away goals rule.
Pasuwa kept faith in his Under 23 goalkeeper Donovan Bernard while Blessing Moyo occupied the right wing back position with veteran Ocean Mushure on the left.
Teenage Hadebe, another Under 23 international, Tafadzwa Kutinyu and Stephen Makatuka also got places in the starting line-up.
Mutuma and Mutizwa were the main strikers while FC Platinum’s Brian Muzondiwa and Chicken Inn’s leading scorer Ernest Chirambadare also earned their first caps for the senior national team.
Bruce Kangwa and Marshall Mudehwe also started as Pasuwa sought goals right from the
start.
In the second leg, Pasuwa is likely to adopt a defensive approach to the match, as Lesotho coach Seephephe “Mochini” Matete remained adamant that they still have a chance to pull through.
“We were unlucky they got the third goal. At home we are going to attack a lot. The game is still open in the second leg.
“We still have a chance,” Matete said.
The second leg takes place on Sunday in Maseru and the Warriors will resume training on Tuesday after a day’s break.Advertisement