Soccer pundits say Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic has a little margin for error as Zimbabwe faces Botswana tomorrow (Thursday) and Zambia on Monday in two crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Speaking on the ZTN football show, The Couch, on Tuesday, former Warriors left back Cephas Chimedza said the coach must be supported no matter which team he decides to start.
Football analyst Makomborero Mutimukulu gave his preferred XI which has Spain-based goalkeeper Martin Mapisa ahead of regular Warriors first-choice Elvis Chipezeze. Said Mutimukulu:
Alec Mudimu and Teenage Hadebe should naturally partner at the back. They have a good understanding since they have played together before.
He selected Takudzwa Chimwemwe and Devine Lunga for his fullbacks, Ovidy Karuru, Butholezwe Ncube, Thabani Kamusoko and Kuda Mahachi, in midfield in a 4-4-2 formation.
Mutimukuli believes the Warriors can be more lethal if Logarusic pairs Simba SC star Perfect Chikwende and captain Knowledge Musona upfront.
Another analyst on the show, Mugove Chigada, however, prefers a 3-4-2 formation with Jimmy Dzingai joining Alec and Teenage as the back three.
Instead of Chikwende partnering with Musona, Chigada opted for Evans Rusike. He said:
He must then maintain Chimwemwe and Lunga out wide but as part of the midfield. In that way, if they have the chance, they can be very offensive, but if Botswana comes at them, the wingers can naturally fall back into their natural positions.
Meanwhile, The Herald Senior Sports Editor Robson Sharuko warned the Warriors against underestimating the Zebras of Botswana which he said are far from minnows.