Katsande’s victory pledge

Katsande’s victory pledge

Ishemunyoro Chingwere
WARRIORS captain Willard Katsande is confident that Zimbabwe will seize control of Group L with a win over Swaziland when the two sides clash in a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier tomorrow.
The Warriors were frustrated to a one-all draw at Somhlolo on Easter Friday but Katsande believes the visitors will not stand the heat at the National Sports Stadium.
“We wanted to win the first leg but the point we got at the end of the day is not very bad after all, so let’s move forward with what we have.
“It’s good for us that both Guinea and Malawi dropped points in their match and that makes the Swaziland match a must win,” he said.
The Warriors faithful had hoped for back-to-back victories against Swaziland to lessen the burden for coach Kallisto Pasuwa’s men ahead of a tricky visit to Conakry in September.
The visit to Guinea will come after two home matches to Swaziland tomorrow and Malawi in June.
Katsande revealed that his men are desperate to atone for their below par show against Swaziland on Good Friday.
“The guys are focused on the return leg,” said the skipper soon after the Good Friday match.
“They are very hungry and desperately want this win, I am 100 percent confident that Swaziland will fall in Harare.”
Katsande appealed to every Zimbabwean to play their part in making sure that Swaziland leave Harare empty handed.
“My appeal to my countrymen is that let’s all avoid anything negative at this stage.
“Let’s all focus on the job at hand and rally behind the team.
“The return leg is a different ball game because we are counting on the fans to rally behind us and unsettle the visitors.
“People should come in their thousands and cheer their team to victory because the stage that we are at now needs every Zimbabwean to push in the same direction.
“Unlike in the first leg where the match was compact with very little room to manoeuvre, the Monday match will be open and we will utilise that to attack them relentlessly,” said Katsande.

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  • Joseph Karimanompira

    the match venue was not the problem. It was selection and strategy. As far as i have seen swaziland play in away fixtures, they also thrive in huge playing areas just as they showed in guinea and south africa during cosafa. So the warriors do not have an advantage at all. your only advantage on monday will be your witchdoctors who will be at home (n’anga). Nigeria survived through keeping the ball away from them for long periods and only scored through dead ball situations. Maybe congesting the midfield with one out and out striker who is quick fast, has superior aerial ability, good ball control with the head and legs, who can move to wings throughout the game tirelessly and with good vision and passing to set up midfielders. Aim for 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 5-4-1. I think midfield should have katsande, phiri, Nakamba, kutinyu and Billiat, with starting striker as Mushekwi or Evans playing with billiat as offensive midfielder, in the old 9 and 10 position, perfected by kuda muchemeyi and kembo chunga of old. though the striking position would have suited a ball holder and distributor in the form of chinyama, Ndoro, or tarumbwa. There are fringe players like katsvairo, muzondiwa or chirambadare who can be useful in such games playing with such a striker. Midfield formation, Phiri and Katsande at back, Kutinyu and nakamba behind billiat and the striker. Look out for those long range shots from the Swazis.