The Zimbabwe senior national football team is hoping to bounce back from a 1-nil shock defeat to Somalia when they face the East Africans in the return leg of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers at the National Sports stadium this Tuesday afternoon.
A loss to Somalia will go down as one of the lowest points in the history of Zimbabwean football.
Faced with the task of turning the tables on Tuesday, anything other than an aggregate victory will be deemed as unsatisfactory.
Aware of the threat posed by Somalia, Warriors head coach Joey Antipas is hoping his troop will be able to capitalise on home advantage.
“We saw what Somalians are capable of. We took them lightly in the first leg and we have a job to do tomorrow so we just have to be at our best and fight for a positive result. Yes, there will be pressure but we ought to just show up and do well at home,” said Antipas.
The warriors held their final training session on Monday (today)morning before going into battle on Tuesday afternoon.
The major highlight in the build up to Tuesday’s encounter is the availability of Khama Billiat who was expected in the country before end of day.
Another player who was absent from the Zimbabwean side that lost in Djibouti is Ovidy Karuru who is hoping to help the warriors overturn the 1-nil first leg deficit.
“I really appreciate the faith that the coaches have shown in me. I think Somalia have shown us that there is no such thing as a small team. I am hoping to do my best and help the team overturn the deficit that we have when we play tomorrow,” said Karuru.
The Warriors are however expected to be ruthless regardless of who takes to the field given what will be at stake on Tuesday afternoon.
Following a devastating loss in the first leg, recovering from last Thursday’s embarrassment will be the ultimate focus for the Warriors.