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WARRIORS team manager Sharrif Mussa says the side will have an intense preparation programme, beginning this Monday, as they hope to turn the tables on Tanzania in the reverse leg of the African Cup of Nations qualifier next week.

The cheapest ticket for the match will be US$2.

Zimbabwe have to fight for their lives following a shock 0-1 defeat to the Taifa Stars in the first leg in Dar es Salaam last week.

Stung by the loss, national team coach Ian Gorowa had wanted a longer camp starting yesterday, but his mission failed.

He is now expecting the players to report for duty on Monday after finishing their weekend Premiership assignments.

Mussa yesterday said they expect Belgium-based midfielder Ovidy Karuru and striker Edward Sadomba to join the squad.

Carlington Nyadombo has been ruled out with injury.

“The coaches had wanted a longer camp and unfortunately that could not happen since the PSL games could not be cancelled.

“The coach had a plan and unfortunately there has been a setback.

“He would have wanted the players together earlier and now it means he has lost three days and whether he will make up for the lost time or not, it would depend with how he now has to put across his programme.

“Injured players like Carlington Nyadombo are still out but we are expecting that Ovidy Karuru should be here by Monday.

“I also spoke to Sadomba’s club and right now they are in Tunisia where they are playing a Champions League game. Afterwards the club will see how best they would release him.

“So we expect to have 20 players in camp and we will monitor the situation on the ground starting on Monday to see if there is need to call up more players to add to the squad that we already have.

“We needed to work on many aspects including mental strength because this is a make or break game.

“We are trailing from the first leg so we have to win at all costs,” said Mussa.

Zifa Communications Manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed the match will be played at the National Sports Stadium next Sunday with the cheapest ticket for the rest of the ground going for $2.

Supporters will fork out US$5 for bays 15-18 while the VIP tribune will cost US$20.

Mussa said they were hoping to maximise on home aantage.

The Warriors fell to a 13th minute strike from Taifa Stars’ towering striker John Bocco and now they need to win with a two-goal margin to go through.

“I can’t really say our opponents are not beatable.

“We had a bad day in the office when we played them because we had better chances of scoring which we couldn’t do.

“They did what they did and from the few chances they created they managed to score a goal.

“At the same time, we should not take them lightly because they are coming here to prove a point,” said Mussa.

Source : The Herald

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