Warriors’ 90 Minutes of Reckoning

That two goal advantage could, however, count for nothing should the Warriors rest on their laurels thinking the damage was done at Rufaro Stadium on September 9 when they prevailed 3-1.

The Warriors need at least a draw to sail through to the finals for the first time in six years. Even a 2-1 or 1-0 loss could see the Zimbabweans make the trip but a 2-0 defeat or a loss by more goals could end the Zimbabwean dream.

Coach Rahman Gumbo is counting on probably the best Zimbabwe team at the moment with the return of strikers Kingstone Nkata and Edward Sadomba who are likely to add to the power of German based Knowledge Musona.

Khama Billiart who grabbed a double in the 3-1 first leg win is also available but the Angolans already know of his threat and might have devised an antidote for his movement.

Assistant coach David Mandigora has made it clear that Zimbabwe needs to score early to unsettle the Black Antelopes and the technical team is not short of the firepower to do that.

What, however, is worrying is whether the Warriors have that defensive stability to prevent the Angolans from getting the goals that they need.

The last time around, the Warriors defence failed to contain the Black Antelopes in the deep part of the second half and the onus is now on Noel Kaseke, Oscar Machapa, Esrom Nyandoro, Vusa Nyoni, Carrington Nyadombo, and Lincoln Zvasiya, to improve on their performance and
avoid conceding two or more goals.

Captain Tapuwa Kapini is out injured but Gumbo has travelled with all the 31 players in camp and has Ariel Sibanda, Ephraim Mazarura, Energy Murambadoro and Marlon Jani to pick a replacement for Kapini from.

This is the chance the Warriors have been waiting for but the question is : Will they do it this time. At 6.45 pm Sunday, or thereafter, the nation will have the answer.