31 May 2014

Zimbabwe: Can Duduza Finally Deliver for Warriors?

ZIMBABWE international forward Edward Sadomba has been in splendid form in the Champions League where he has scored five goals for his Libyan side Al-Ahly Benghazi in the current campaign. But, sadly, such fine form has deserted the player at national team level. Tomorrow, Sadomba could be thrown into the fray when Zimbabwe meet Tanzania in an African Cup of Nations preliminary round, second leg tie at the National Sports Stadium.

The former Dynamos forward is making a return to national duty after having last featured during the ill-fated 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola in Luanda in October 2012.

Zimbabwe lost 0-2 in the final qualifier with Sadomba being part of the team that failed to get the priceless away goal.

However, it's now all water under the bridge and Duduza is looking forward to the new challenge.

Sadomba joined camp on Thursday night and is confident that he has drive to spur the Warriors to a victory tomorrow.

"I feel great with this chance to be in the Warriors again. Everyone wants to represent their nation," said Sadomba.

"I might have joined camp a little bit late, but in terms of working out, I have been training all along with my club.

"So, in terms of fitness, I am okay."

Zimbabwe need to win by, at least, two clear goals to sail through to the next round and Duduza believes that the mission can be accomplished if the fans rally behind the team.

The Warriors return for a competitive match at the National Sports Stadium after their last assignment in June 2013 ended in disaster as they lost 2-4 to Egypt, who were inspired by Mohamed Salah, in a World Cup qualifier

With Zifa slashing the gate charges to US$1 for the rest of the ground, Sadomba hopes more fans will come and create an intimidating atmosphere for the Taifa Stars.

"The Federation have reduced the charges and I think this is good and I thank the Federation for that.

"We need the fans and also we are trailing 1-0 and under some pressure but we should do our best.

"Everyone should do his best and, hopefully, we will win," said Sadomba.

A darling with the Dynamos fans during his days with the Glamour Boys, Sadomba could use both his pace and skill to carve open the Tanzanian defence.

But can he score?

"I feel great to be playing at home and in front to the crowd," he said.

At his club in Libya, Sadomba is mostly used as an outright striker but the player can also operate from the wings if needed.

"I can play wherever the coaches put me to play. At the club I am playing as an outright striker and I am very comfortable in that position.

"But I play anywhere the coach wants me to." Sadomba is well aware that he has not been able to transform his form at club to the national team and hopes the match tomorrow will be the turning point.

"Firstly, it all depends on the combinations that we have. With the short time we have with the national team, it's different from the time we get at the club.

"But that should not be an excuse for failure and every time one has just to do their best."

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