AmaZulu winger Talent Chawapihwa can't wait to play in his first Africa Cup of Nations


The Zimbabwean national team have qualified for their fourth AFCON, after a 2-0 win over Congo Brazaville in a Group G match that took place at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, while DR Congo overcame Liberia to book their trip to Egypt as group runners-up.

"It was a great atmosphere, you know how it is when you win and qualify for AFCON, " the former Baroka FC player tells

"It will be my first AFCON, I'm more than excited. I have been dreaming of wanting to go to AFCON, now it's my chance to write my own history.

"There was lots of pressure because they [the people of Zimbabwe] didn't want us to miss it because there was a big opportunity. We just needed a draw to qualify so everyone was saying you know, 'guys please don't disappoint' because they've been disappointed in the last games. Sometime when we played Angola we didn't qualify when we [only] needed a draw. So those were the kind of things they had in mind."

Chawapihwa says having a number of PSL players in the Warriors team works to their advantage.

"It gives us an advantage because we know and understand each other, and we play in the same league and stuff you know. So the connection is there, the understanding is there and the combinations as well."

He also sings praises of Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat who grabbed the two goals against Congo-Brazzaville.

"What I can say is those are the special players. They always have their way of bringing something that no one is expecting. Those are the kind of players that are you know, whether they are fit or not need to be there because they have that special ability to carry the team.

"To me you know I just want the experience, to be part of the history of the Zimbabwean players that are going to AFCON. I want to see how I can help the nation because the nation haven't been doing well when they go to AFCON. I think for now it will be better if we come out of the group stages, to progress to quarterfinals. That has been our main problem because we've always been knocked out in the group stages. So at least if we can show that we are progressing it will be good you know."