Peter Ndlovu Dreams Big

Ndlovu who is in his first ever job as coach of a football team is in Bujumbura for Wednesday’s Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and says he has spoken to the players one on one and what he has seen in them is confidence.

The former Warriors captain says they have adopted a winning strategy and thinks that strategy will see them come out tops.

“You see when you promise something you have to deliver. When you are playing away from home it is like a money game. You go there to win and nothing  else. That is exactly what we are aiming at,” said Ndlovu, who along with David Mandigora are Rahman Gumbo’s assistants in the national team set up.

Ndlovu told Radio VOP that the game against Burundi is not about re-building a new team after the Asiagate suspensions but said the Warriors were going there for a win adding that re-building will only come later.

 “People have been talking about re-building the Warriors. But we are not going to use this game to re-build. We are going there to win at all costs,” said Ndlovu.

The Warriors have not had the best of preparations for the match as the team was only expected to train together only once as German based Knowledge Musona and Cyprus based Noel Kaseke were only expected to join the rest of the squad Tuesday, just a day before he crucial match.

Before their departure, the locally based players along with England based Onismo Bhasera had trained for only two days as most of the other foreign based players could not make it to Harare since the Fifa rules are clear that clubs are obliged to release players for international duty four days before a game.

Worse still the Warriors are reported not have had the best of receptions in Bujumbura as they were accommodated at a sub standard lodge by their hosts as is common with most hosting African football federation who want to frustrate their opponents.

The Warriors though will be buoyed on by the fact that their opponents do not have any football history and have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals and are ranked 143 in the world while the Warriors are pegged at 99.

The Warriors need to go past Burundi if they are entertaining any hopes of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations having missed out of the past three editions.