It’s a Do or Die for Pasuwa and Team

Almost ten days into AFCON 2017 tournament, the deciding group stage matches are upon us. Senegal have practically qualified with six points from their two matches and the turn is now on Zimbabwe Warriors to make or break a ten years wait dream of reaching the quarterfinals of Africa cup of nations competition.

By Alex Munyaradzi Majoka 

The Warriors began the competition on a very encouraging start. After grabbing an encouraging draw against fancied Algeria, the team went down to the Lions of Teranga 2-nil on Thursday 19 January, and having played so dismally of late, the Warriors are fighting an uphill battle against Tunisia on the 23rd of January in their last group B match.

The players have to draw on their fighting qualities against Tunisia, and make no mistake of conceding early goals.

It has become a trending tactic for most big teams at AFCON to score early and ‘park the bus'(defend), so it would help Pasuwa’s men to go into this match with an attacking mind.

Zimbabwe Warriors camp have been boosted by the return of talisman, Knowledge Musona.

The Belgian based forward has began light training on Wednesday under the observation of team doctor, Nicholas Munyonga and his return would enhance Warrior’s chances against North African giants, Tunisia.

“There’s been significant progress towards recovery for him. The scan that was done did not show any tear. We remain hopeful that he will be able to play on Monday,” said Munyonga.

Although Warriors threaded good passes and defended quite well in the second half of the game against Senegal, attacking is the only option they have against Tunisia.

With one point so far and a huge goal difference, only a win will keep the hopes of progressing to the quarter finals alive.

Meanwhile the Warriors have already left Franceville to Libreville, were they will clash against Tunisia in last round matches of the tournament.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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