10 January 2014

Zimbabwe/Morocco: Warriors, Atlas Lions Face Off On Sunday

Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Zimbabwe soccer players celebrate a goal at a recent Cosafa tournament.

AFTER months of preparations Ian Gorowa's Warriors collide with Morocco in their first Group B match of the African Nations Championships (Chan) at Athlone stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Warriors' training camp spanned over a month and everything finally fell into place as the tournament drew closer, with government financial support a major boost while Umbro chipped in with kit sponsorship.

The team also played friendly matches against Mozambique and Gabon before rounding off preparations against Ajax Cape Town yesterday.

As they make their third appearance at the finals of the second-tier continental showcase, the Warriors have set the bar quite high for themselves with Gorowa declaring his target is to win the Cup.

Zimbabwe is in the same pool as Burkina Faso and Uganda as well as Morocco, and is expected to progress beyond the Group stages.

Against Morocco, the Warriors however face a tough prospect. The Atlas Lions dispatched Tunisia to qualify for the finals.

Eight players from the Raja squad, which finished second to Fifa Club World Cup championships Bayern Munich, have made the trip to their base camp in the "Mother City" (Cape Town) hungry for further success.

A more exciting opening to a group match couldn't have been dreamt of with both teams expected to put on a thrilling show.

Zimbabwe is banking on the likes of exciting winger Kuda Mahachi and striker Donald Ngoma for penetration.

They have valuable experience in defence with Oscar Machapa in the mix. After the Morocco game the Warriors face Uganda on Thursday before their final Group game against Burkina a week on Monday.

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