Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic says poor preparations partly contributed to the 1-3 loss to Algeria in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 qualifier played in Algiers on Thursday but now his charges are ready to explode.
The Croatian suggested that due to the limited game time on the part of some of his key players, it was difficult to upstage a team with so much quality as the Desert Foxes. He said:
There were a lot of factors playing to our disadvantage. Our preparations and everything else. It’s always hard to play against a team with so much quality when your own arsenal isn’t that active.
I am talking about the core of my squad which is not playing football in their respective teams. Talk of Khama Billiat and the whole of the South Africa-based crew. They are only two weeks into the league.
Alec Mudimu has not been playing regularly at his Moldovan club, only featuring once in one and a half months.
Hadebe (Teenage) last played a while ago at his Turkish side (Yeni Malatyaspor). Nakamba (Marvellous) has seen little game time at Aston Villa. It’s really difficult so to talk of pressure, no it would be far-fetched.
But, now that we know what the Algerians are capable of doing, well we are braced up, ready to explode.
Loga dismissed claims that the Warriors are now under pressure saying they still have their destiny in their own hands.
Zimbabwe are in Group H alongside African champions Algeria, Zambia and Botswana.
Algeria top the Group with 9 points, Zimbabwe are second on 4 points, Zambia are third (3 points) and Botswana have a solitary point.
Only two teams will earn the ticket to participate in the finals.