We are sol­diers: Mala­jila

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

VETERAN War­riors for­ward Cuth­bert Mala­jila in­sists the cur­rent na­tional team is made up of “sol­diers’’ who are ready to over­come their poor travel ar­range­ments and de­liver once they get to Con­akry for their show­down with Guinea to­mor­row.

The War­riors are sched­uled to face the Sylie Na­tionale to­mor­row night in a fi­nal Group L qual­i­fier at Stade du 28 Septem­ber to­mor­row but they were still holed up in Harare by last night.

Poor trav­el­ing ar­range­ments re­turned to haunt the War­riors, who found them­selves in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances ahead of their open­ing fix­ture away to Malawi where they ended up trav­el­ling by road to Blan­tyre and ar­riv­ing hours be­fore their match against the Flames.

Mala­jila, who is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the team, said this set­back would not move them as they “have be­come used to th­ese travel ar­range­ments’’.

“We are sol­diers, we have done it be­fore but I think this is a long jour­ney and maybe it is go­ing to af­fect us but we don’t want to put it in our minds and we don’t want it to af­fect us be­cause there is noth­ing we can do as play­ers but have to solider on,” said Mala­jila.

The Bid­vest Wits for­ward said he is still con­fi­dent that they can come up with a good re­sult in Con­akry.

“The guys have been fo­cused for the whole week and the only prob­lem is those who are not present, we don’t know what they are do­ing but they are pro­fes­sion­als and know what to do, this will not af­fect us.

“We are con­fi­dent that we will have a pos­i­tive re­sult and we want to fin­ish this cam­paign with­out a de­feat,” he said.

The for­mer Dy­namos striker said it is im­por­tant that they gain a win­ning mo­men­tum as they have al­ready be­gun prepa­ra­tions for the Na­tions Cup.

“This game is im­por­tant, we will know what it is like in the West African coun­try, and we have five West African coun­tries that have al­ready qual­i­fied, so we are pre­par­ing al­ready for Af­con and ev­ery­one knows what is ex­pected of them, so ev­ery­one is fo­cused and we have to keep work­ing hard as Af­con is com­ing soon, in about five months’ time, so there is not much time left,” said Mala­jila.

Mala­jila has started this sea­son well af­ter mov­ing to Wits from Mamelodi Sun­downs where he was not get­ting enough game time and the striker said he be­lieves the move was very wise de­ci­sion.

“For me it was a good de­ci­sion that I made be­cause at Mamelodi Sun­downs last sea­son I never played many games.

“I chose a team where I can com­pete and play again. There are also a lot of play­ers at Wits but I know I am go­ing to com­pete and play,” said Mala­jila.

Cuth­bert Mala­jila

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