Warriors Coach Sunday Chidzambwa and his assistants are paying special to attention to Botswana with the hope they might face the Zebras in the quarter-finals of the 2018 COSAFA Cup.

The two teams met last month in a friendly match to celebrate Zimbabwe’s Independence Day, and Botswana won the encounter 1-0.

The Zebras are currently leading Group B with four points and could seal quarter-final berth with a win over Mauritius on Friday.

Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare told COSAFA.com that Chidzambwa and his assistants Lloyd Mutasa, Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska have been paying closer attention to Botswana.

“Botswana have kept the same squad in place for a long time and we noticed that there are just one or two changes to the team that came to Harare and our coaches have been monitoring not only their matches but all the teams in Group B.

“The Group B log table shows that it’s going to be a tight competition again this year which will have some upsets but from our perspective it looks like Botswana are the favourites and we just have to be ready for them as we should for any of the teams that we will meet at this tournament,’’ Mpandare said.

Meanwhile, the National Team left this morning for South Africa ahead of their first game on Sunday. Jimmy Dzingai was called in to replace Costa Nhamoinesu who pulled out in the last minute after his club Sparta Prague barred him.

Captain Knowledge Musona will need to pass a late fitness test in order to take part in the tournament.