By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Warriors headcoach Zdravko Logarusic has pointed out that football is played in the field of play and not on paper following towards yesterday’s AFCON draw that was held in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Zimbabwe are in Group B with Senegal, Malawi and Guinea.
The 55-year-old gaffer dismissed the notion Warriors were placed in a much ‘easier’ group than before.
“Football is played on the pitch and not on paper,” he said.
“Senegal might appear strong on paper but I still maintain that football is played on the pitch and not on paper.
“At the AFCON finals, every team has to be treated with respect, fairly and equally.
“I see many people think that Zimbabwe was placed in an easy group, but they are wrong.
“All the 24 teams who qualified for AFCON are strong, they also have quality and their aim is also the same, which is exactly the reason why they qualified for the tournament.”
Loga said his goal was to go beyond the group stages and qualify for the next stage during this upcoming continent’s prestigious tournament.
He said his other aim was to return home with results that had never been produced by any Warriors squad at the AFCON competition before.
However, Loga said for now Zimbabwe had to solve problems encountered during the last edition of this biannual tournament, 2019 in Egypt.
“We need to work together as a nation to produce the best results,” the former Sudanese coach said.
Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe revealed during the AFCON draw that he was backing the Warriors to win Africa’s coveted trophy ahead of Nigeria