The Sunday Mail
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.