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OVIDY Karuru says the Warriors have to do it for the supporters as they aim for a comfortable victory over Tanzania to get their campaign for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations back on track following a disappointing start. The supporters were given an incentive yesterday when Zifa announced they have slashed gate charges down to US$1 for the rest of ground.

The association want more fans to come and rally behind the team. However, bays 15-18 remain at US$5 and US$20 for the VIP sections.

Zimbabwe need to beat Tanzania tomorrow with at least a two-goal margin to progress to the second round of the qualifiers after losing the first leg 1-0 in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago.

The Zimbabwe international feels the Warriors have let down the nation on several occasions and believe they have to work hard to restore the confidence.

“We are under pressure to get the result that the supporters want because it has been long since they last saw their team at the Africa Cup of Nations. So we have to do it for the fans.

“We have to win the game for them because they have suffered for long.

“The last time Zimbabwe featured at Afcon was in 2006 and now it has been eight years without qualifying. So, it’s our priority to qualify, but for now we need at least to go to the next round and then take it up from there,” said Karuru.

Karuru missed the reverse leg assignment as his Belgian side OH Leuven wanted his services in their desperate fight to survive relegation.

Unfortunately, the side was demoted to the second tier league.

Karuru had a difficult stay at the club and had to endure longer periods on the sidelines until the arrival of a new coach later in the campaign.

He said he has a point to prove as some people were beginning to question his pedigree.

With pressure more on the strikers to get the needed goals, Karuru encouraged the supporters to rally behind the team throughout the entire match.

He also urged the fans against putting players under unnecessary pressure at home.

“These days football is not won by individuals. Through team work, together we can win. With the way our team played the first leg, I think we have good chances of winning,” said Karuru.

“We created a lot of scoring opportunities, but we failed to convert them.

“So, if we manage to take all the chances we will come right we will win the game. With the way they (Tanzania) played, I think defensively they are slow.

“So, if we use pace going forward, we have better chances of scoring more goals and winning the game.

“We are ready and we are just waiting for Sunday to come because some of us want to prove something. There are misconceptions among the people that if you don’t play regularly at your team then you are a spent force or you are no longer that good.

“But it’s not like that in football. Sometimes you work under a coach who is just not interested in playing you though you are a good player. So, we are here also to prove something to the fans that we are still in it.

“So, on Sunday, we are promising our fans something as a team.”

Zifa have pleaded with the supporters to come and fill the stadium to help the team maximise on home aantage.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said they have taken the decision to slash the gate charges from the original ticket price of US$2 with the supporters in mind.

“Fans should come in their numbers to support the team. We want them to fill the stadium in support of their team and hopefully the new US$1 charges for the cheapest ticket will encourage them to come,” said Gwesela.

Source : The Herald

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