Chidzambwa targets COSAFA finals

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Warriors coach, Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa, has expressed his desire to reach the finals of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) tournament slated for South Africa next week.

The two time COSAFA winning ZPC Kariba gaffer has set his mind on making it to the finals for the third time in a row for him. If Chidzambwa lifts the COSAFA Castle Cup this year, it will be Zimbabwe’s fifth triumph in the tournament.

“I think as a coach, you would get into the final, and personally I would love to get to the final. And COSAFA being COSAFA, I’ve gone into the final twice, and I just pray and hope that for the third time in a row, I will get to the final,” he told journalists at a Warriors training session in Harare yesterday.

“. . . as a coach I would love to get into the final and win the trophy and I’m hoping that we will get through the group stages and get into the knockout stages and get into the final.”

Chidzambwa expressed faith in the squad at his disposal, stating that he has enough ammunition to get the job done from the pool of players selected for the tournament.

“I’m happy that the youngsters that we brought in are good and also the experienced players we have are also very good.

“Precisely. I think we have enough [arsenal]. We have very good players; and very skilful. [A blend of] youth and experience,” he said.

“I’m quite happy with their fitness and looking at them I think they are raring to go.

“From what I have seen in this training session, I already have the 11 [players] in my mind. But I can’t tell you now. So I think it has been an eye opener for me, and I hope we are going to have a good team.”

The Warriors have the disadvantage of starting this year’s edition in the preliminary stages of the competition while other teams will start participation in the quarter finals.

“Yeah, it is a setback because of our rankings, but those are the rules of the tournament and we just have to comply with that,” he sa