zim-warriors.jpgAll the Warriors who have been called up for the make-or-break Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Mali on Sunday have joined camp ahead of Sunday’s crucial match.

Denmark-based striker Quincy Antipas finally joined camp though he did not take part in the morning session after being given some time off to recover from jet lag.

Assistant national team coach, Joey Antipas and goalkeeper Marlon Jani also joined camp after returning from Bulawayo for the weekend match against Highlanders.

Cyprus-based defender, Noel Kaseke who was doubtful for the game has been ruled out of Sunday’s tie by the Warriors’ medical team.

The technical team insisted on assessing the player here at home after he picked an injury two weeks ago.

The team held a one and half hour training session at Rufaro stadium in the morning where coach Norman Mapeza , his assistants Joey Antipas and Richard Tswatswa stressed the importance of the psychological aspects of the game against Mali, and tried to instil into the players a winning mentality and attitude.

Mapeza and his technical team are putting emphasis on team tactics and a winning strategy for the make-or -break tie against Mali.

The players appeared to be in good shape as they went through their paces but time appears not to be on their side as they have less than five days to prepare for the crunch tie.

The Warriors have to beat Mali on Sunday at Rufaro and win all their remaining games if they are to remain in contention for a place at the 2012 Cup of Nations finals in Guinea & Burkina Faso.

The defeat by Mali in the first leg in Bamako left them in third place on the table, some five points behind surprise table leaders Cape Verde who comfortably beat Liberia 4-2 at home.

The Warriors host Mali on Sunday at Rufaro and Liberia in the first week of September before finishing off their qualifying campaign with a tough trip away to Cape Verde.