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Guinea challenge: Katsande, Musona confident Zimbabwe can win


There is no way Guinea can beat us at home ... Captain confident Willard Katsande (right)

05/09/2015 00:00:00
by SuperSport
 
We have a very strong squad ... Knowledge Musona
 
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WARRIORS skipper Willard Katsande and striker Knowledge Musona are confident of upsetting Guinea in Sunday’s Afcon 2017 Group L qualifier at Rufaro Stadium.

Over the years, Guinea has been an indomitable opponent for the Warriors with their last trip to Harare two years ago yielding a 1-0 win at the National Sports Stadium courtesy of a Ibrahim Traore’s goal.

Traore has now retired from international football at a time he was captain and recently ignored coach Luis Fernandez’s plea to reconsider his international career.

Two years ago in that visit to Harare, the German-based midfielder was part of a group that extended Guinea’s dominance over Zimbabwe who last beat them 22 years ago in a 1994 World Cup qualifier.

But this time around, there is a feel-good atmosphere around Zimbabwe, inspired by the kind of squad Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa summoned for this big assignment.

Pasuwa called up a strong squad highlighted by Europe-based players like Knowledge Musona, Costa Nhamoinesu, Nyasha Mushekwi and Matthew Rusike.

With Zimbabwe kicking off their Group L campaign with a 2-1 away victory in Malawi, Katsande feels they set themselves the tonic to slaughter their opponents both home and away.


Feel good atmosphere in camp ... The Warriors training in mid-week

“There is no way Guinea can beat us. We are at home and we have agreed that we will not drop points in front of our fans,” Katsande said.

“We always discuss it in camp. Everyone is aware of our mission and determined to have us achieve that.

“I know Guinea are a big team in African football and they have a lot of professionals playing in Europe.

“They have been hard for us in the past but this time around they are not going to bully us. We are going for a win and we will achieve that on Sunday.”

Katsande is well aware of how it means losing a crucial match at home.

He was part of a horror 2015 Afcon qualifying campaign which ended at the first hurdle last year against Tanzania in what was Zimbabwe’s worst ever Afcon quest.

“We are playing for every Zimbabwean,” he said.



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“We have made mistakes in the past and we have learnt from them. It is high time to put a smile on everyone’s face like we did in Malawi,” he said.

Striker Knowledge Musona, who plies his trade in Belgium, also believes they have a strong squad to upset the West Africans.

“We have a very strong squad capable of qualifying for Afcon. I think we have good chances of making it,” Musona said.

“But right now our focus is on Guinea. We can beat them is we continue believing in ourselves. Like I said, we have a strong team and we can beat Guinea.

“We just have to guard against complacency and approach this match positively.”

Zimbabwe are seeking for a third Afcon appearance after making it to the 2004 and 2006 editions.


 
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