Warriors Last Chance To Shine

The Warriors have not won in their last four games and the match against lowly Burundi is the perfect occasion to bring back the smiles on the faces of their mournful fans.

Burundi are ranked 131 in the world and 40 in Africa and that ranking improved to such levels following their shock 2-1 win over Zimbabwe in February.

Zimbabwe on their part are on 106 in the world and 26th in Africa which makes them favourites to win this match though their form of late has been a cause for concern.

A win against Burundi will bring Zimbabwe closer to qualification to the finals to be held in South Africa in January and coach Rahman Gumbo and his assistants Peter Ndlovu and David Mandidora have telling their players to go forward and multiply the goals.

But it is at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday that the coaches will find out whether their gospel of fast attacking soccer has gone into their players’ heads as the Warriors seek nothing short of victory to sail through to the next round.

Gumbo has not made it a secret that he going for an orthodox 4.3.3 formation in order to get those much needed goals and will push Ajax Cape Town’s Khama Billiart upfront to join the strikers.

Although a lot has been said about the manner in which the trusted striking force of Knowledge Musona and Takesure Chinyama has been missing chances, Gumbo has hinted that he is still giving the two the chance to come up with the goals for the Warriors against a Swallows team that has also threatened to pull down the curtains on Zimbabwe’s aspirations of return to the continental football stage.

The defence has been steadied with the redeployment of midfielder Esrom Nyandoro who has fitted in well in that department while the midfield is likely to be anchored by Willard Katsande with Tinashe Nengomasha giving cover.

But it is the goals that Zimbabwe need very much and Musona and Chinyama have to find the target if Zimbabwe are to realise their dream of making that journey to South Africa after missing out of the African football festival in 2008, 2010, and2012.

If they lose against Burundi, the Warriors will have nobody to blame, but themselves. This is their last chance to make Africa sit up and take notice.