Warriors’ dance with Africa’s elite ends


Zimstar Sports

The Warriors’ dance with the continent’s elite football competition comes to an end in Yaoundé this Tuesday when they play Guinea in the final round of the AFCON2021 Group B matches with hopes of salvaging something from what is turning out to be yet another disastrous campaign.

The country’s number one football team lost two of its opening encounters to heavy weights Senegal and neighbours Malawi and faces an embarrassing exit from the tournament with no point if they lose to Guinea.

Coach Norman Mapeza has rallied his charges to show something from their toil and avoid going down in history as yet another Warriors generation that exited the competition without a single point.

“We are going to approach that match with a positive mind to try and get something,” he said.


Mapeza, also a former Warriors defender, chose to see the silver lining in the team’s current campaign saying the experience that new players in the camp got from this tournament is one of the positives.

“It’s disappointing that we lost the two matches against Senegal and Malawi, but there are a number of positives we can take from it,” he said.

“We have got a number of players that are playing this tournament for the first time and this experience will be good for them,” he said.

The current Warriors team is the latest of the different sets of national team players to fail to progress beyond the group stages of the tournament.


They currently anchor the four team Group B with no single point while Guinea and Senegal share the first spot with four points apiece while Malawi has three.

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