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Warriors in do-or-die Egypt showdown

THE Warriors will look to keep their slim chances of going through to the next round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers alive when they host Egypt at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Zimbabwe are currently at the bottom of Group G with one point which they secured via a goalless draw against Mozambique in June last year.
However, they will be looking to bounce back to winning ways following their 2-1 loss to Egypt in March.
Klaus-Dieter Pagels’ men came close to earning a point away from home until Mohamed Aboutrika scored a late winner for the Pharaohs and the German coach believes they can take positives from that encounter.
“The game in Alexandria showed us that they can be beaten. There is nothing special about them,” said Pagels.
“The chances are high for us to win this game. We have to win it so that we create this winning mentality in the squad for the boys to start believing in themselves.
“We respect the fact that Egypt are the log leaders and I do not think they will lose a match in the near future except to us.”
The Pharaohs go into this clash looking to maintain their perfect record after winning all three of the group matches they have played so far to top the table with nine points.
Coach Bob Bradley is confident that his side will come away with maximum points if they show the same character which earned them a hard-fought 3-2 away win over guinea.
“Before I got here I heard the mentality of playing outside Egypt was not very good,” he said.
“From the very beginning I told the players that in order to qualify for the World Cup that has to change, has to improve.
“What the players need to understand is that when we play outside Egypt the conditions, sometimes the field or referees, won’t go your way.
“But the strength of the group and the mentality not let those things stop us is the key.
“The game in Conakry was a good example of the right mentality outside Egypt and we hope to have that again in the next game.
“As for Zimbabwe, we expect a difficult game; they worked very hard and put in tremendous effort in Borg El-Arab (Stadium).
“We have looked back at the game to see the things we felt were very good and things where we could improve.”
A win for Egypt will see them going eight points ahead of second-placed Guinea, who will host Mozambique in Conakry later on the day.Advertisement