Keep Warriors mo­men­tum go­ing

The Manica Post - - Sport -

ES­TEEMED fol­low­ers of the game of foot­ball, thank you for find­ing time for in­ter­ac­tion.

Fri­day Foot­ball Echoes could not phys­i­cally make it to neigh­bour­ing South Africa to root for the Warriors in their record-chas­ing quest for COSAFA Cas­tle Cup glory, but was spir­i­tu­ally there all the way with the boys. And con­grats are in or­der for Sun­day Chidzambwa and his charges for con­quer­ing this con­stituency of the con­ti­nent yet again.

While we are rel­ish­ing this fine hour of our foot­ball and savour­ing ev­ery mo­ment of it, this should serve as the first of sev­eral other steps we must take in that right di­rec­tion as we seek to con­tinue with our suc­cess tra­jec­tory.

Hav­ing been crowned the best side in this south­ern tip of the con­ti­nent should spur us to pur­sue fur­ther re­ward­ing ac­com­plish­ments on such other big­ger as­sign­ments like the World Cup, AF­CON and CHAN.

With the CHAN qual­i­fiers on against Namibia next week­end, our COSAFA suc­cess pro­vides just the right tonic for the lo­cal band of Warriors who will rep­re­sent the na­tion as we hunt for another ap­pear­ance at the tour­na­ment to be held in Kenya next year.

The mo­men­tum has al­ready been gath­ered and we have to keep it go­ing, build­ing onto it as we look ahead to se­cur­ing a ticket for the 2019 AF­CON fi­nals in Cameroon. The idea is to es­tab­lish our­selves to count among other best teams, es­pe­cially in Africa, and then main­tain our dom­i­nance.

Even­tu­ally, qual­i­fi­ca­tion for our first ever par­tic­i­pa­tion at the World Cup be­comes the ul­ti­mate goal which can re­al­is­ti­cally be achieved with the right men­tal­ity and fo­cus by all stake­hold­ers.

It is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing that sev­eral stars emerged out of the cast of the Warriors that starred for Zim­babwe in South Africa, gems that may still be a lit­tle rough around the edges but can be cut and pol­ished into glit­ter­ing jew­els. Names like skip­per, Ovidy Karuru, his deputy, Ocean Mushure, Knox Mu­tizwa, Tal­ent Chawapiwa and Gerald Tak­wara eas­ily pop in the mind and this goes to show just how deep the pool of tal­ent we can tap from runs.

We, there­fore, can ex­ploit the good story we scripted at the jus­tended re­gional com­pe­ti­tion as a launch pad to cat­a­pult our­selves to fur­ther glory in other foot­ball en­deav­ours. We can crys­talise a cat­a­lyst to cue fu­ture suc­cess from this fruit­ful COSAFA cam­paign.

We must, there­fore, not al­low our star, which is presently shin­ing the bright­est in the re­gion, to be dimmed by fail­ing to qual­ify, let alone do well at the forth­com­ing Chan and AF­CON com­pe­ti­tions.

It’s Game On, Play On!

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