By Sports Reporter
WARRIORS coach Sunday Chidzambwa is impressed with how his players responded to their first full training session on Tuesday ahead of their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
After beginning camp at a local hotel on Monday, Chidzambwa had the first opportunity to train with the full squad of players at the Harare International School Tuesday following the arrival of Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa.
Chidzambwa was evidently happy with the response from the players and believes that the team will put up a great performance over Congo on Sunday.
Only Nakamba sat out the training session having been already ruled out of the crucial tie last week due to a hip injury.
“I’m quite pleased with the response of the players. They are all here. The last three players came in yesterday (Tuesday) except for Nakamba who is injured.
“From what I saw yesterday, I think everyone is raring to go. Most of these players play in foreign countries and they are used to this kind of games and I think they will be calm for the entire 90 minutes…We are ready to fight for the country. We just hope and pray that we produce a good result for the country,” Chidzambwa said.
The veteran coach felt the absence of Nakamba was a big blow for his side but said he had confidence with the depth in his squad. He also backed the new additions to the Warriors team.
“Nakamba is a key member of the team and we are going to miss him. However, we chose 18 players and we have the replacements, who I think will do well.
“From what I have seen they are (the new players) good players and we will see how we are going to fit them in and also for us a coaches, it’s going to be difficult to pick the first 11. However, we have to pick the final team and play the game.”
Zimbabwe, who are Group G leaders with eight points, need just a draw on Sunday when they host the Congolese Red Devils to secure their place at the AFCON finals in Egypt this June.
They will however have to be at their best against a Congo side which fought back from a goal down at halftime to force a draw when the two teams met last year in Brazzaville.
“They (Congo) have a number of good players. In fact, most of their players play in Europe and from what we saw from the first game, they are good players and it’s going to be a tough game for both teams,” Chidzambwa said.