WARRIORS’ left-back Charles Yohane says the Zimbabwe national team players must fully commit themselves and put the country first as one solid unit if they are to succeed at this month’s Afr
ican Nations Cup finals in Tunisia.
Speaking to IndependentSport in an interview, the Wits University skipper challenged Tunisia-bound players to rise to the occasion and perform above average at the soccer extravaganza.
The history-making Warriors, despite inadequate preparations, battle with Egypt in nine days’ time in a crunch Group C match.
The Warriors will then play defending champions Cameroon and Algeria.
“We will play to the best of our abilities and make sure we don’t disgrace the nation although we are regarded as underdogs,” said Yohane.
“Playing at the tournament has its own benefits to each participating player’s career and putting on the gold and green colours of our country is more than enough motivation to the whole team. It is also our first time and we must make a lasting impression even if we fail to proceed to the second round,” said the former Fire Batteries and Caps United defender who is a Dynamos juniors product.
Yohane said the nation must quickly forget about the poor preparations and rally behind the team.
“This is the time everybody has been waiting for and dwelling on the past will not do us any good. As a team we will try our best to bring the desired results. We are going there to play football and win matches and it is also a platform to market ourselves to European scouts and let the world recognise Zimbabwe as a soccer powerhouse. Every professional soccer player loves to play for one of the great overseas teams and from a personal level I want to perform my best and see which direction my career will take after Tunisia,” he said.