KEEP it simple!
That’s advice coming from former Warriors defender Thomas Sweswe who believes the backline of Callisto Pasuwa’s side will have to revert to basics if they are to give themselves any chance of making it out of a tough group B which features Senegal, Algeria and Tunisia.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits defender lamented on wing-backs’ need to stay grounded to their positions without much overlapping as the team has a capable frontline to deliver goals.
“The defenders will need to stay focused the whole game, keep it simple and tight as our strikers will get the goals since we have a lot of quality upfront,” said Sweswe.
He added that with the team having the quality of Knowledge Musona and Tendai Ndoro in the frontline, the backline lacks firm centre backs and coach Pasuwa needed to pay special attention to that area.
Sweswe featured for the Warriors 45 times scoring two goals. He warned that any slight slip up, the Warriors tough opponents would strike and punish them.
The main worry could be aerial balls because teams such as Algeria have the likes of Islam Slimani and Senegal has the towering Moussa Sow but the Warriors would have to utilise the 1,85 m tall Costa Nahamoinesu to counter them.
“Costa’s height will come in handy but the defenders will have to manage the goal area since we don’t have the height and the physique as compared to our opponents. They will also need to avoid fouls near the 18 area,” said Sweswe.
Sweswe also added that names do not play football as it will be a contest between the same number of players on the pitch and lamented on basics as the key which will take Zimbabwe far.
“I’m confident the players will perform well. It’s a great platform to be noticed by big clubs around the world,” he said.