Wednesday Jan 04, 2017. 10:30
Zimbabwe national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa says he is not worried about English Premier League-based players at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Zimbabwean mentor believes his charges will learn a lot from them at the Afcon tournament in Gabon.
In the tournament, the Warriors will meet big name players such as Liverpool and Senegal striker, Sadio Mane, his captain, Cheikou Kouyate of West Ham, as well as the Leicester duo of Riyad Mahrez and forward Islam Slimani.
The Lions of Teranga and Algeria are Zimbabwe’s Group B rivals, together with Tunisia, who have several players plying their trade in the French top-flight league.
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“In football, if you consider names you will falter,” he told reporters.
“If you do everything right, have the correct attitude and not think about names, you give yourself a chance of succeeding.
“We do not have many players playing in Europe, but this is the chance for the boys to do well and break into the top leagues.
“I believe we have the quality to match those teams that have players who are quite prominent.”
Meanwhile, Mane has received rave reviews since his move to Liverpool and has scored nine goals in 19 appearances for the Reds.
Mahrez, on the other hand, has not played as well as he did last season, but remains a dangerous man for Algeria.