War­riors can forego friendly matches

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — With the race for the Premier league still open and a num­ber of War­riors key play­ers still in­volved in com­pet­i­tive matches at their re­spec­tive leagues, there is no need to panic over the so-called lack of ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions for next year`s Af­con show­piece.

There is no need to moan over the lack of com­pet­i­tive friendly matches against some of Africa’s finest foot­ball teams who will be tak­ing part in World Cup qual­i­fiers be­cause most of our gal­lant War­riors are still ac­tively in­volved in com­pet­i­tive matches for their re­spec­tive clubs.

If Peter Ndlovu, one of the great­est play­ers our coun­try has pro­duced to date, could af­ford to fly some few hours be­fore the match, only to in­spire his moth­er­land to those cru­cial bat­tles, noth­ing should stop Knowl­edge Mu­sona from lead­ing the War­riors front­line to per­fec­tion even with­out friendly matches.

We can­not af­ford to fold our hands sim­ply be­cause we are not part of those who are run­ning for a place to rep­re­sent Africa at the World Cup.

League matches are a hum­ble, eas­ier, cheaper and less ex­pen­sive way to pre­pare be­cause the play­ers are oc­cu­pied and busy at their re­spec­tive clubs.

If the worst comes to the worst, the War­riors should play friendly matches with lo­cal big clubs like Dy­namos FC, Chicken Inn, Caps United or High­landers FC.

The im­por­tance of ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions is clear but we can­not lose fo­cus over that be­cause when we qual­i­fied we were hardly in­volved in such com­pet­i­tive matches. Go War­riors Go, noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. Felix Zonke, Harare

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