Zambia and Zimbabwe renew COSAFA rivalry

Zambia and Zimbabwe renew COSAFA rivalry
Kudakwashe Mahachi of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Mar 26, 2017. 11:00

The Warriors of Zimbabwe will be at home against Zambia looking to restore their dignity in an international friendly on Sunday.

Zimbabwe are set to begin their new era having parted ways with key players since their disappointing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations run in Gabon.

Midfield hardman Willard Katsande decided to hang up his boots at international level and handed over his captain's armband.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa was also forced to leave the team, allowing caretaker coach Norman Mapeza to take over.

The hosts are out to restore their pride after losing two of their group matches at Afcon in Gabon but drew against Algeria.

With a new team, coach Mapeza will have a chance to market himself and win the game against Zambia which will make him the favourite to get the coaching job.

Looking at Wedson Nyirenda's side, Chipolopolo are also chasing a win to ensure they remain a powerhouse on the continent.

The Southern African clash allows both sides to renew their rivalry and bring confidence back to their supporters.

Nyirenda's men are not doing badly in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as they drew 1-1 against Cameroon and lost 2-1 to Nigeria.

But they lost to Zimbabwe in a friendly recently before beating Uganda 1-0.

Nyirenda's mission is to see continuity in their game as far as results are concerned and to ensure they have a formidable squad.

The clash between the two COSAFA sides is set to be staged at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday at 15:00.



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