Thursday Mar 18, 2021. 14:06
Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko Logarusic has emphasised that his side’s fate is in their own hands ahead of the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Warriors will face Botswana away and Zambia at home on March 25 and 29 respectively, as they look to clinch second spot behind already-qualified Algeria.
The Croatian coach, who was recently granted his work permit in Zimbabwe, is fighting against a crippling list of unavailable players (due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and injuries) which includes Marvelous Nakamba, Tino Kadewere, Marshall Munetsi and Khama Billiat.
Nonetheless, ‘Loga’ is upbeat about Zimbabwe’s hopes of qualifying for a third successive AFCON finals.
“We will have to make that happen,” said Loga, as quoted by The Herald. “The good thing is we have our destiny firmly in our hands.
“We have to fight like Warriors. It’s still difficult, given what we are facing, but we are optimistic of getting the required results.
“Nothing has ever been ideal, in football, and we need to find solutions, if we have problems.
“The ultimate goal is for us to make it for the AFCON tournament. We are facing two very good sides in Botswana and Zambia.
“But, we are where we are at the moment, for a good reason, too. It means we are capable and that should spur us on, as we try to overcome the two hurdles, in front of us.”