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Zim Warriors under pressure

ZIMBABWE’S national soccer squad is under pressure to put up a convincing performance in Sunday’s international friendly against Zambia’s Chipolopolo at the National Sports Stadium.

vetica, sans-serif”>This will be the first time the Warriors return to the Stadium after a maiden appearance at this year’s Africa Nations Cup staged in Tunisia. Fans would expect the team to offer hope for qualification to the continental showcase and the World cup.

Although foreign-based stars are unavailable the Warriors’ technical department of coach Sunday Marimo and assistants – Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska have to make do with the available material.

The technical department’s shortcomings were exposed at the Tunisia showcase and calls to appoint a technical advisor have grown louder and are being addressed.

The Warriors and Chipolopolo drew 1-1 in the reverse encounter last month and the locals are under pressure to establish a winning formula before their home crowd.

Lancashire Steel playmaker Malvern Nyakabangwe has been sidelined for a long time by the Warriors’ coaches and this could be the opportunity to prove beyond doubt that he is the answer to the problematic midfield department.

Warriors have in camp the likes of AmaZulu midfielder Esrom Nyandoro and the Dynamos duo of Leo Kurauzvione and the lanky Francis Chandida to solve the midfield puzzle.

Chipolopolo have also called up their Zimbabwean-based players who include slippery Dynamos striker Clive Mwale and Caps United midfielder Ian Bakala to match the locals. – Staff Writer.

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