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WARRIORS goalkeeper George Chigova says his side have to win their next Chan encounter against Uganda to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage.

The Warriors are currently in third place in Group B with one point following the 0-0 draw against Morocco, while Uganda top the group after beating Burkina Faso 2-1.

However, Chigova believes victory on Thursday would put them in a good position in the group and keep their fate in their hands going into the last group match.

"Although we could have been better off with a win against Morocco after creating so many chances, the point we picked has placed us in a very firm position to qualify for the quarterfinals," he told reporters.

"The challenge is now to beat Uganda and make sure we go into the last game without the anxiety of calculating permutations that will see us through. We must simply beat Uganda and we would be home and dry.

Although Ian Gorowa’s men were unable to find the back of the net against Morocco, the Dynamos goalkeeper is pleased with the chances they created and is hopeful that their luck will turn.

"We might have failed to get goals but people must not forget that we were in scoring positions, a sign that shows we were just unlucky not to get goals," said Chigova.

"We have a very good frontline which on its day can bang them in and I am sure they will prove it in our next matches.

"I honestly would have been a lot worried had we not created chances, but the rate at which we created clearly shows we were hungry for it."

Coach Ian Gorowa hopes that his charges can go one step further after their resilient showing against Morocco in front of a mostly vocal Zimbabwean crowd in the Mother City.

“We could have snatched it at the end, but I'm proud of my boys,” the former Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns coach said.

“This is a morale-booster for us; we can only get better.

“We hope to build on our momentum.

“The first game in the tournament will always come with nerves for the players, but now that is out of the way, we can look forward with confidence to meeting Uganda, which will be another tough match.”


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