WARRIORS Head Coach Calisto Pasuwa is confident that his team will fare well against highly rated Senegal in today’s Group B encounter.
Speaking from the Warriors base in Franceville, Gabon religious Pasuwa said he learnt a lot from the Algerian game and wants to build on the performance, turning weaknesses into strength.
The former Dynamos mentor is keenly aware that a win could propel Zimbabwe into the next stage of the tournament making it a historic moment for the country which has never passed the group stages in their last two campaigns.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors are SADC’s only representative at the tournament and thus carry the hopes of the whole region.
“We have prepared well for Senegal who are a big team. We have done our homework and will pick up from where we left against Algeria,” said Pasuwa.
“The draw against Algeria is our first point ever in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations and it is big plus for us and also huge motivation for the players to do better.
“I have confidence in the players. It (Algeria game) serves as a morale booster to do better and go the extra mile.”
According to reliable sources, there’s a possibility that the Warriors could don their official kit against Senegal. Mafro Sport, the kit supplies, confirmed this week that they faced logistic challenges in bringing the kit to Gabon from Singapore on time.
In addition to the kit boost, the players and the technical team also received lucrative bonus payments after the draw against Algeria.
Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa