THE warriors plunge into battle against Bafana Bafana at FNB Stadium in South Africa today at 9pm.
But the biggest question is, should Zimbabwe be focusing on winning or rebuilding the team?
Selection of the team by caretaker coach Norman Mapeza showed he is caught in between rebuilding and getting results.
A win against Bafana Bafana and then another against Ethiopia at the National Sports Stadium will certainly redeem the coach and the nation.
This is after Zimbabwe suffered back-to-back defeats to Ghana in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
When asked about what the Thursday game means to Zimbabwe, Mapeza said: “We are here because we are looking for results and definitely we want to win the game. As of now we have battered pride and we need to restore our pride. So now we have to go out there with a positive mind and win this game.”
South Africa has a chance of qualifying for the 2022 world cup qualifiers, but Zimbabwe has been long eliminated.
The call-up of Dynamos teenage sensation Bill Antonio gives hope that coach Norman Mapeza is trying to strike a balance.
Other critics have pointed out that now is also the time to build.
“I did the same with guys like Khama, Knowledge, Teenage Hadebe, when I brought them to the national team they were still very young.
“He needs to learn and watch the top guys like Khama Billiat and Nakamba play and get to have a feel of the environment. I believe that’s the best and quick way of learning,” said Mapeza.