AT­TACK, AT­TACK, AT­TACK! Daka tells Mighty War­riors to go all out

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

MIGHTY War­riors tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Barry Daka has called on the girls to go all out in at­tack while guard­ing their rear jeal­ously when they face off against Canada in their sec­ond Group F match at the Olympics this evening.

The match kicks off at 8PM Zimbabwean time.

Zimbabwe lost their open­ing match 1-6 against Ger­many but their per­for­mance warmed many hearts across the globe in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter of Sport and Re­cre­ation Makhosini Hlong­wane.

He said the per­for­mance was proof enough that the Mighty War­riors were now one of the strong­est sides in Africa.

“A pe­rusal of Ger­man’s his­tor­i­cal foot­print shows a ceme­tery of dead foot­ball teams slain mer­ci­lessly by the world’s num­ber two team,” said Min­is­ter Hlong­wane.

In a 2007 World Cup match, Ger­many pum­melled Ar­gentina 11-0 while dur­ing last year’s fi­nals Cote d’Ivoire re­ceived 10 with­out re­ply and in their last friendly match be­fore the Olympics, the Ger­mans clob­bered Ghana 11-0.

Daka said the girls must not give the Cana­di­ans the same un­nec­es­sary re­spect they gave to the Ger­mans where they rarely went for­ward.

“We proved with the goal we scored against Ger­many that when we go for­ward we are a deadly lot so I would want to urge them to go for it, they shouldn’t hold back like what hap­pened in our first match. We, how­ever, also need to be vig­i­lant at the back as we go for­ward,” said Daka who was shock­ingly left out of the trav­el­ling party when the fi­nal del­e­ga­tion was re­leased.

“I am not in Brazil in per­son but I can as­sure you that I am there in spirit and I want the whole na­tion to rally be­hind these girls,” said the veteran coach.

He said the girls need to avoid an early goal from the Cana­di­ans and in the event that they score first, they must look for the sec­ond one too in­stead of try­ing to de­fend the soli­tary goal.

“This is a fight and in a fight you must also throw punches so lets make sure we throw as many punches as pos­si­ble,” said Daka.

Mean­while, the Cana­di­ans turned to mu­sic as they pre­pared for the duel against Zimbabwe tonight.

They are, how­ever, aware of the dan­gers of un­der­min­ing Zimbabwe.

“We can’t take them lightly,we have to for­get about (the Aus­tralia win) and fo­cus men­tally. For sure, (they’re) un­pre­dictable as a team. We know they’re very phys­i­cal. We know they’re phys­i­cally fit as well,” said veteran striker Melissa Tan­credi while speak­ing to The Globe and Mail news­pa­per of Canada.

Prince Dube Nh­lanhla Ndlovu Ralph Matema

Barry Daka

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