Football analysts believe the Zimbabwe Under 23 soccer team is still in the hunt for a ticket to the All Africa Games and have advised the Young Warriors to score early to unsettle South Africa in their endeavour to overturn the two goal deficit suffered in Johannesburg two weeks ago.
The two teams come face to face in the second leg at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Zimbabwe Under 23 soccer teamâ€™s mission at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday appears a difficult undertaking in light of the two-nil loss to South Africa at the Senaba Stadium in Johannesburg a fortnight ago.
The Young Warriors need to beat Ama Glug Glug by a three-goal margin if theyâ€™re to successfully navigate their way into the All Africa Games terrain.
While admitting that the task awaiting the Zimbabwe Under 23 soccer team is not an easy one, football analysts Stanley Katsande and Archie Mundava nevertheless believe such a result is achievable if the Young Warriors score early in the encounter.
â€œLike they say itâ€™s not yet over until the fat lady sings. They Young Warriors are still in with a chance and an early goal will be key for them. But they need to be sharp in attack and do better defensively than they did in South Africa,â€ said Katsande.
â€œAll hope is not yet lost. They have to be watertight in defence because if they allow South Africa to score then it will be a losing cause. They should just remain focused and try to score early,â€ Mundava concurred.
Meanwhile, the Young Warriors have been hit by news that Knowledge Machona and Tafadzwa Rusike have been ruled out of the game due to injury.
Thereâ€™s consoling news however that star midfielder, Archiford Gutu is available for selection after joining camp on Thursday.
Zimbabwe has to win by three-nil or better if they are to qualify to the All Africa Games in Mozambique this September.