Munetsi rallies Warriors

Sport Zimbabwe


Tadious Manyepo

Warriors utility player Marshall Munetsi has challenged his teammates to put their heads on the wall when they face Ghana in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium this Saturday.

Munetsi, who is likely to be paired with Teenage Hadebe at the heart of defence said if the Warriors are to retain a realistic chance of topping the group, they have to get a win over the Black Stars.

Already, as has always been the case, the team has suffered some ill-treatment at the hands of their hosts who among other things gave them a sub-standard training pitch.

But, the France-based star has urged his colleagues to remain focused on the job at hand.

“If you are going to qualify for the World Cup, you have to beat the best. The circumstances are very difficult,” said Munetsi.

“But we are the Warriors, there was no point of playing Ghana if we knew that we wouldn’t beat them.

“Of course this is going to be a very difficult match against one of the best teams in the continent but well, we are also prepared to give it our all. The team should just stay focused and try to play our normal game.

“We are three points behind South Africa in the running for the sole ticket that will take us to the next stage but we know it is going to be very tough.

“We need to win this game to retain control of our own destiny. We have the chance of regaining lost ground and we have to do it now starting with the game against Ghana.

“We know for sure that Ghana are giants and playing them away from home is even harder. But then it is what it is. We should put our heads on the wall and try to get a positive result at the end of the day.

“We have a chance of getting the result if you look at our team. We have a lot of good players in our ranks who can compete at this level.

“The 90 minutes will determine everything and we know how important this game will be.”

The two teams have faced each other five times with Ghana emerging victorious in three of those outings while the Warriors have won once with the other game finishing in a draw.

Zimbabwe anchor the Group G standings with a single point to their name, three behind leaders South Africa while Ghana and Ethiopia have three points to their names each