Warriors of Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa said his squad would match mali pound for pound when the two sides meet in the quarter-final of the Chan tournament at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
“mali is a footballing nation, make no bones about that. But from our side, we will continue to do what has worked for us in this competition.
“Note, we have not lost any match so far and if we continue with that spirit, who knows,” said Gorowa.
The youthful mentor said he had looked at Mali’s strength and would try to weigh them down as the match progresses.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach who spent most of his playing day with Ajax Cape Town said he will also use his vast knowledge of the terrain in this part of the world to Zimbabwe’s advantage.
Zimbabwe are the only COSAFA survivors in the tournament with hosts Bafana Bafana and Mambas of Mozambique already out of the competition.
This, Gorowa said was adding a bit of pressure for Zimbabwe to go further in the competition.
“We are doing this, not only for Zimbabweans; we are representing the entire COSAFA region. This is how important this match is,” he emphasised.
Mali has been the most impressive squad of the tournament so far.
They opened the tournament with a remarkable 2-1 win over Nigeria and were just unfortunate not to have beaten hosts South Africa before rounding up their Group A matches with a 2-1 win over Mozambique.
Their tall and imposing players have proved a handful for most teams but Zimbabwe has a squad comprising some really big players as well.
“It should be an exciting game. Both sides are adventurous and when the going gets tough, we all go for broke. He who blinkers first will bite the dust,” laughed Gorowa.
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