Former Warriors captain, Benjani Mwaruwari has said preparations and proper team selection will play a crucial role in whether the team can go beyond the Africa Cup of Nations group stages or not.
The former Manchester City striker speaks amid a consensus among soccer lovers that the Warriors were handed a fair Caf TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cup draw.
Zimbabwe was drawn in Group B together with Malawi, Guinea and Senegal on Tuesday night.
The Warriors are scheduled to play Senegal on 10 January at 3 PM, Malawian on 14 January at 6 PM and Guinea on 18 January at 6 PM. Speaking on the draw, Mwaruwari said:
I think it’s a good draw though. We just have to aim high and beat Senegal because to tell ourselves that we have to beat Malawi and Guinea for us to qualify will not work. We have to send a clear signal of intent in our opening match.
If we get proper preparations with all other factors taken care of, avoiding our usual problems, this is the time to start preparing. Let us start looking for resources now. With good preparations, this thing is doable.
Mwaruwari was part of the Warriors’ team that fell 0-2 to Senegal in the 2006 African Nations Cup finals in Egypt.
The two teams met again in the group stages in the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon and the Warriors lost 2-0, with Sadio Mane and Henri Saivet striking inside the opening 13 minutes.
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