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Warriors face Bafana after Lesotho disaster

by Staff reporter
09 Jun 2024 at 04:03hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's national soccer team, the Warriors, led by coach Jairos Tapera, faces a challenging task after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Lesotho in a 2026 World Cup qualifier at Orlando Stadium. This loss, seen as one of the team's lowest points, has left them at the bottom of Group C with two points from three games. They must quickly regroup for a crucial match against South Africa at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Tapera, who was hastily appointed just days before the match, attributed the defeat to defensive complacency and urged his players to be fully prepared for the upcoming encounter. Despite the setback, he emphasized the importance of focusing on the game against South Africa, which is critical for keeping their World Cup hopes alive.

The team will have a slight travel advantage over South Africa, who recently returned from a long trip to Nigeria. Tapera expressed confidence in the Warriors' ability to compete, highlighting the need for concentration and focus.

In preparation for the match, the Warriors received support from the Zimbabwean Embassy and local companies in South Africa, with plans to transport over 500 fans to Bloemfontein to cheer them on. Additionally, midfielder Richard Hachiro has been called up to replace the injured Brendan Galloway, adding to the team's options.

Captain Marshall Munetsi demanded a strong response from the team, aiming to secure full points against South Africa to stay in contention for a World Cup spot.

Source - The Sunday Mail