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Chimwemwe confident ahead of Warriors’ ‘must win’ encounter versus Ghana

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Zim National Team Players
By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Zimbabwe international defender Gilroy Takudzwa Chimwemwe has expressed his confidence ahead of Warriors’ crucial World Cup qualifier encounter against Ghana this Tuesday afternoon. 
.The Warriors host Ghana at their fortress home ground, National Sports Stadium (NSS) today (Tuesday), exactly three days after losing to the same opponents away at Cape Coast Stadium.
Zimbabwe are hoping to secure their first win during these World Cup qualifiers.
So far, the Warriors have gone for 270 minutes without registering a win but have suffered two defeats and one draw.
This follows after their 3-1 lose to the Black Stars of Ghana last Saturday, a goalless draw with South Africa at home before surprisingly losing to Ethiopia by a goal to nil in September.
But last Saturday’s defeat to Ghana saw Warriors’ chance to qualifier for the most prestigious tournament become blur as they anchor Group G with only one point from three games.
Nevertheless, despite all this, Zambian-based right back, Chimwemwe is busting in confidence that the Warriors are determined to bounce back stronger.
Chimwemwe was initially not in the squad that recently lost to Ghana since Warriors interim coach Norman Mapeza preferably opted for Rahman Kutsanzira and Tendai Darikwa as his two skippers.
But now the 26-year-old come as a direct replacement to the UK-based Darikwa who is reportedly absent for the second leg due to family commitments.
In an interview, Chimwemwe said he is happy be continously receiving national team call up.
He has been part of the Warriors squad since March when Zimbabwe booked a place in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCO) tournament in January.
“It feels great to be called for national team duty since March. Yes, the guys lost to Ghana few days back but this is football anything can happen, we may surprise them at home.
“In football we have to expect three results win, draw or lose, but i believe we are going to try our best because we are playing at home and a win is possible if not certain,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khama Billiat is available for selection in today’s matchday squad this might see coach Norman Mapeza having more attacking options today.
And, US-based centre-back Teenage Hadebe who did not start in Ghana, reportedly due to fatigue might start today alongside Alec Mudimu.
Zimbabwe are at the bottom of Group G with one point from three games and are yet to win in these World Cup qualifiers.
Neighbours Bafana Bafana are leading the pack with seven points, while Ghana are second with six points and Ethiopia are third with four points.
Robert Tapfumaneyi

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