Zimbabwe National Soccer team Head Coach, Joey Antipas, has highlighted the need for vast improvement after the Warriors were held to a goalless draw by Botswana in an AFCON qualifier match at the National Sports Stadium on Friday evening.
With only three shots on target to show for all their efforts, the Warriors produced one of the most sluggish displays to be witnessed at the National Sports Stadium.
It was a game plan well executed by Botswana who successfully shut out any prospects of victory for Zimbabwe.
“We had our game plan which we executed well. It was not 100 percent as Zimbabwe at times made in roads but we are happy with the boys’ performance given the caliber of opposition which we were facing today,” Antipas said.
With the nil-all draw now water under the bridge, Joey Antipas has admitted to the need for vast improvement when the Warriors face a wounded Zambia in what promises to be a tough encounter on Tuesday.
“It was disappointing and we definitely need to improve in our next game against Zambia. Travelling to Zambia will be tough for us but in football anything can happen. Our focus needs to be on improving on today’s showing which was not up to scratch, we lacked sharpness in the attacking third,” he added.
With Kudakwashe Mahachi and Prince Dube having shown great enterprise after coming on as late substitutes on Friday evening, Antipas is expected to ring changes to the squad which will face Zambia in Lusaka.
Zambia play Zimbabwe on the back of a 5-nil thrashing at the hands of African champions, Algeria and Chopolopolo fans will be expecting a positive result when their side face Zimbabwe.
The last time Zimbabwe met Zambia was in the Cosafa Castle Cup semi-finals, in which Chipolopolo won through penalties.
With expectations having been dampened following a lethargic display by Zimbabwe on Friday, the Warriors will have to produce a top performance against Zambia in order to regain the backing of the fans.