Sunday chidzambwa

Warriors plunge into Congo battle

Fungai Muderere
THE Zimbabwe senior national team will on Sunday fight it out against Congo Brazzaville in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier tie.

The Sunday Chidzambwa- mentored side is seeking to make a good foundation for qualification to the biennial continental football showpiece set for Cameroon next year.

After a promising start to their qualification campaign that saw the Warriors, then coached by Norman Mapeza, thrashing visiting Liberia 3-0 at the National Sports Stadium to top Group G by goal difference over DRC who beat Congo Brazzaville 3-1 in their first match, all eyes will be on the Warriors to once again put up a polished performance to keep their fourth Afcon qualification dream alive.

Congo Brazzaville and Liberia are winless going into the second round of matches.

The match set for Alphonse Massamba Debat in Brazzaville will have South African match officials with centre man, Victor Miguel de Freitas being assisted by Zakhele Thusi Siwela and Johannes Sello Moshidi.

Zifa vice-president, Omega Sibanda, stressed the importance of getting a positive result in Congo to avoid making life difficult in the qualification quest.

a�?This is a big game for Zimbabwe. We need to beat them at their home so that we assure our qualification to Cameroon next year,a�? he said.

Meanwhile, Warriors midfield maestro Khama Billiat who has been a major doubt toA� make the trip to Congo after he suffered a hamstring injury while doing duty for Kaizer Chiefs, is set to lead the teama��s attack alongside captain Knowledge Musona.

The team saw the withdrawal of three key players a�� Costa Nhamoinesu, Marvelous Nakamba and Ovidy Karuru a�� due to injuries.

The Warriors depart for Congo on Friday and they will arrive on Saturday. wintomylon.