Zimbabwe continue their quest to defend the COSAFA Cup when they play Lesotho in semifinals this evening.

The Warriors beat Botswana 3-1 on penalties in the round of 8 while Lesotho edged out Swaziland 1-0.

Captain Ovidy Karuru is out with an ankle injury. The 29-year-old was at the receiving end of a nasty tackle in Sunday’s game and had to be stretchered off ten minutes into the second half.

Kick-off is 7:30 pm at New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Meanwhile, the two sides met in the same round last year, and the Warriors progressed to the final after a 4-3 victory.

Coach Sunday Chidzambwa made two changes on the team that played on Sunday. Tafadzwa Kutinyu will start in captain Ovidy Karuru’s place while Terence Dzvukamanja replaces Talent Chawapiwa.

Warriors XI: G. Chigova, J. Mukombwe, A. Mudimu, K. Moyo, D. Lunga, M. Munetsi, T. Kutinyu, K. Billiat, A. Amidu, T. Dzvukamanja, E. Rusike.

The last time Zimbabwe and Lesotho played against each other was in November last year in an international friendly. Likuena won the encounter 1-0.

Zimbabwe: 15 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss
Lesotho: 1 win, 4 draws, 15 losses