WARRIORS coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, says the draw for the African Nations Championship (Chan) held in Rwanda on Sunday night could have been worse and demanded thorough preparations.
“Look we have avoided the big guns Nigeria and Ivory Coast for example. It’s always difficult with West African teams.
“We have Mali in our group but it’s better than it could have been,” said Pasuwa adding that there were no small teams in football anymore.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors were drawn in Group D which also has neighbours Zambia as well as Mali and Uganda.
However, Pasuwa said what was more important was the preparations than anything else.
“We would have wanted to start training latest December 7, but I am not sure whether we will be able to get as much time as we want in camp,” said the coach.
“Remember last time we had six weeks of training so that is what we were hoping for. Preparations are very important, we can talk and analyse who we are going to play against but the most important thing is for us to prepare well.
“Football has changed a lot. Look at how Swaziland performed against Nigeria or even Comoros against Ghana.”
He added: “I think we have not done enough in terms of preparations of late, but we have been getting away with it.
“It’s dangerous; one day it will catch up with us if we do not take preparations seriously,” said Pasuwa.”
Warriors team manager, Sharriff Mussa, was also satisfied with the draw.
“Our group is not that tough. We avoided big guns like Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire besides the hosts, Rwanda. In Africa now there are no big or small teams,” Mussa told Cafonline.com.
“I was with Zimbabwe in the previous two editions and we will go and complete what we started before. I believe CAF helps players to develop with such tournaments.
“CHAN is a great chance for African talents to show their skills.”
A total of 16 teams were drawn in four groups with Zimbabwe one of the seeded sides.
The Warriors have qualified for every edition of the CHAN tournament since its inauguration in 2009.
They also appeared in 2011 and 2014 where they reached the semi-finals in South Africa- their first time to advance to the last four in the history of the competition.
Zimbabwe qualified for the tournament to be held in Rwanda in January next year after overcoming Lesotho 4-2 on aggregate.Advertisement
Designed exclusively for the home-based players, the tournament gets underway from January 16 running through to February 7, 2016.
Libya were crowned CHAN winners in the last edition which took place in South Africa, but have failed to qualify for the latest edition.
Group A: Rwanda, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire
Group B: DR Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia
Group C: Tunisia, Nigeria Niger, Guinea
Group D: Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda, Zambia