Monday Jan 09, 2017. 16:30
South African-based Zimbabwean midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi says they can cause an upset at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The Golden Arrows winger says the mix of European-based players, Zimbabwean-based and those plying their trade in the Absa Premiership makes them a tough unit.
Kalisto Pasuwa's men are in Group B together with Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal as they will fight to reach the knockout stages.
Super-sub Wilfried Zaha help Ivory Coast defeat Sweden
“We’ve got good players from Europe and South Africa and the best players even from local [Zimbabwe's Premier Soccer League], so I think we've got a good squad," said the 23-year-old to KickOff.com.
"We have been playing together since the beginning of the campaign so we understand each other and we know our strengths and weaknesses. I feel we've got a good combination on our side.
"Of course we are underdogs and we're playing big teams there [at AFCON], but playing Ivory Coast recently in a friendly match helped us a lot. It was good to test ourselves against the so called 'big nations' on the African continent.”
The Southern African side will kickoff their campaign with a tough assignment against the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Sunday.