Zimbabwe will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run in the 2019 Afcon Qualifiers when they host DRC in a Group G encounter.
The Warriors are seeking to reach the tournament’s finals for the second successive time, and a win today, coupled with a Liberia and Congo Brazzaville draw will see them through.
Coach Sunday Chidzambwa believes today’s match will be tough for his charges, despite winning in Kinshasa on Saturday.
“The match is not going to be easy for any of the two sides, having clashed recently. We are not going to stay back and let them attack us, we know they are going to come at us. But like what we did in Congo we are going to defend and attack. Like they say in football, attacking is the best form of defending,” said Chidzambwa.
Marshal Munetsi replaces suspended Alec Mudimu and will pair up with Teenage Hadebe as centre-backs. Midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu has been dropped, and Ovidy Karuru will start alongside Dany Phiri and Marvelous Nakamba in the midfield.
Baroka FC winger Talent Chawapiwa comes in place of captain Knowledge Musona who is serving a red card ban.
Warriors XI: G. Chigova, T. Darikwa, R. Pfumbidzai, T. Hadebe, M. Munetsi, D.Phiri, M. Nakamba, O. Karuru, T. Chawapiwa, K. Billiat, K. Mutizwa.
The match kicks off at 7 pm, and it will be broadcast live on SuperSport 4A. The coverage will start at 18:45. National broadcaster ZBC will also show the game.
Today’s encounter will be the fifth between Zimbabwe and DRC since the turn of the new millennium.
The Warriors won two ties with the recent one coming on Saturday in Kinshasa while DRC have one victory.
Zimbabwe 3-2 DRC (03 Sep 2000)
DRC 2-1 Zimbabwe (17 Jun 2001)
Zimbabwe 1-1 DRC (26 Feb 2009)
DRC 1-2 Zimbabwe (13 Oct 2018)
How it stands in Group G
Zimbabwe are on top of the table with seven points, three ahead of their opponents who are in the third position.