WARRIORS’ hitman Knox Mutizwa has expressed confidence they can recover from their defeat to rivals Zambia and overcome the Eagles of Mali in a must win Group D African Nations Championship (CHAN) at Umganda Stadium in Rubavu tomorrow.
The Warriors had a slow start at the tournament- slumping to a 1-0 defeat by Chipoloplo in their opening Group D match courtesy of veteran forward Isaac Chansa who profited from a cross by fellow veteran Chris Katongo in the 59th minute.
Zimbabwe though dominated the match but were let down by lack of imagination in the final third.
That defeat saw the Warriors anchoring the group with no points to their tally after the clash between two other teams in the same group Uganda and Mali ended all square at 2-2. Zambia now lead the group with three points while Mali and Uganda have one point each.
This scenario has left the Warriors with a lot to do in their bid to progress to the last eight of the tournament.
They now need four points from their remaining two matches against Mali and Uganda and hope that Zambia beat Mali and Uganda in their remaining matches.
And as the Warriors prepare for the big match, Mutizwa, the reigning Zimbabwe Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) top goal scorer carries the weight of an expectant nation.
The Bosso striker however said they were a team with speed and if they put that to good use, the Eagles of Mali would fall.
“I think we are faster than the Malians and we pass the ball better. What is important is how we carry ourselves in the next game,” Mutizwa said. “We have to show character and rise again and I believe in this team and I think we can win against Mali,” the 23-year-old forward explained.
Many feel that the Warriors of Zimbabwe are under pressure after losing their opening Group D game to Zambia on Tuesday.
However, Mutizwa insisted that all group matches are pressure games before adding that they could handle the pressure.
“All the group games are pressure games because you could win or draw your first game and then lose the next two and go out so even in the first match there was pressure,” Mutizwa stressed.