LITTLE Mauritania faces a trouncing as it tries to cross the path of the streamrolling Zimbabwe Warriors in a 2006 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualifier First Leg at the Nat
ional Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Warriors’ coach Sunday Marimo is basking in glory after lifting the Cosafa Castle Cup last week ahead of a maiden appearance at the prestigious African Nations Cup in Tunisia next year.
Marimo, who has assumed the status of a cult hero in Zimbabwe, would like to remain focused on the match against Mauritania.
The availability of foreign-based players such as George Mbwando, and Peter Ndlovu theoretically guarantees the Warriors victory. It also presents the opportunity for Marimo to blend the locally and South African-based players with the overseas-based players.
The prime focus for the Warriors is thecontinental extravaganza that starts in Tunisia. However, Marimo would obviously want to ext-end his ambitions to leading the team to the World Cup.
Marimo also gets an opportunity to try an alternative approach to his ultra-defensive style, for there would be nothing to defend against the visitors. If anything, the first leg must produce a convincing victory for the Warriors.
A wide margin victory would be the most ideal to make the return leg in Mauritania a mere formality as well as avoid unnecess-ary anxiety against the continental lightweights.