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WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa says he caught a glimpse of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania after watching their international friendly tie against Malawi last weekend. Zimbabwe will play the Taifa Stars in a Nations Cup preliminary round qualifier in Dar-as-Salaam this weekend and Gorowa said he will be taking a very cautious approach to the game.

Gorowa said a lot has changed in the Tanzania national team since he took a locally-assembled bunch of players for an international friendly that ended goalless in November last year.

The Warriors will get down to serious business with a training session this morning and Gorowa said while they have limited time to prepare, he wanted to get the best out of his boys.

“I believe everything is in order (for camp) and it’s a question of us preparing to go to Tanzania. “Obviously, we wanted more time in camp but at this moment it’s very unfortunate,” said Gorowa.

“We cannot blame anybody and it’s just unfortunate that this game is coming outside the jurisdiction of Fifa.

“So we have to do what we can and there is no time to complain. All we need to do is get on with it and we have to prepare and go to play against Tanzania.

“There should be no excuses because we tend to look for excuses. We are playing Tanzania away from home and hope to win there.”

Last year Gorowa took 18 players for the friendly and, from the squad called into camp, only three — Partson Jaure, Kuda Mahachi and Simba Sithole — have retained their places.

There have also been changes within the Taifa Stars technical division with Kim Poulsen being replaced by Mart Nooij.

“When we played them last year, they had a different coach, a Danish Kim Poulsen. Obviously, they were playing in a different way, which was probably a 4-4-2,” said Gorowa.

“Now they have a new coach Dutch coach, who was the Mozambique national team coach. He is a very good coach who was at Santos last season and we know what to expect.”

Tanzania were held to a 0-0 draw by Malawi at the Sokoine Memorial Stadium in Mbeya Province, a venue the Tanzania Football Federation had been considering for the Warriors tie.

“I think Tanzania have came a long way. They played Malawi recently and we got a few notes about them. So we have got an idea of how they may play,” he said.

Zifa are yet to decide on the venue for the return leg but it’s likely to be at the National Sports Stadium.

“When we come back here we have to play and win and, at least, we have the return leg here in Harare, which is a plus.”

Meanwhile, reports from Tanzania indicate that Nooij received a boost after Mrisho Ngassa and Mwinyi Kazimoto confirmed their availability for the tie against Zimbabwe.

Ngasaa and Kazimoto missed two international friendly matches against Burundi and Malawi.

But Nooij will not be able to use Thomas Ulimwengu and Mbwana Samatta, who ply their trade with DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, as they have been ruled out of both legs owing to their club’s commitments.

Source : The Herald