Warriors have been given a lifeline


Zimbabwe has been thrown into a relatively easy Group 2 that has Kenya, Guinea and Namibia in the opening phase of the marathon qualification route that will first determine the Afcon in Angola before laying the path to the World Cup.

Kapini, the first choice goalkeeper in the Warriors, says at long last the luck of the draw has spun in their favour and that they should make the best of it.

“This is the best opportunity that we have been presented with and we just cannot let it go. The draw has finally smiled at us for once rather than before when we were just thrown in with the traditional West and North African giants that you will only beat at their home grounds in your dreams. We need to start looking beyond just being at the Nations Cup.

“We stand a good chance of winning this group. Kenya is not famous for football and while Namibia has improved of late I think we can drain all the points from them. With Guinea we need to make sure we beat them at home and then put up a fight away so that we avoid defeat,” says Kapini.

“I just hope that our national association attaches value to our campaign now and starts planning right away. Issues to do with coaches should also be settled right away and whoever Zifa brings in should know that we want to qualify.

“If we can avoid money disputes before matches then I am certain that we will be winning games with ease. Look we have the talent to challenge the African teams but what is lacking is putting us together into a firm unit.”

The agile goalkeeper will be coming up against club teammate Henrico Botes of Namibia in the qualifiers.

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