Zimbabwe Warriors coach, Zdravko “Loga” Logarušić, hs said the team will have to win the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Algeria.
The match was pencilled for Monday at the National Sports Stadium and follows the Warriors’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Algerian Desert Foxes this Thursday in Algiers.
Loga says the team failed to convert a number of chances into goals, mistakes which haunted them as Algeria eventually scored.
The result puts Zimbabwe under pressure from third-placed Zambia who won against Botswana and moved to within a point of second-placed Warriors who have four points from three matches. Speaking on the Warriors defeat, Loga said:
I am very optimistic that we will get a result in Harare. You saw when we changed the system in the second half, it worked very well and we were pegging them back.
That’s the same intensity we need to apply when we host them in Harare. All I can say is at the moment is we are going to put the shift on and try to win at all costs. I will not have much time to talk about the defeat against Algeria in Algiers. We were very naive. We conceded all the goals from mistakes and failed to take our own chances. We had to change tactics in the second half and it worked.
We were too naive for this level of the game. But like what I have always said it all comes down to lack of proper training. We only trained as a team once on the night prior to the game. My players are also not fit due to the fact that most of them are not playing regular first team football at their respective teams. Nonetheless, I don’t have much time for post-mortem. Instead we have to play good football and get a result on Monday at the National Sports Stadium. Definitely we gave Algeria too much respect and we need to change that when we play them again in Harare.”
The Warriors gaffer believes the goals that Zimbabwe conceded could have been avoided. He also bemoaned lack of composure in front of goal despite the team having capable players who “can weave chances for us to score.”