Warriors focused — Gorowa

Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor
WARRIORS coach Ian “Dibango’’ Gorowa wants his charges to take advantage of an element of fatigue on the part of Zambia and build a solid first leg platform when they host Chipolopolo in a rescheduled African Nations Championships qualifier at Rufaro on Sunday. Gorowa was forced to wait for another seven days for his first real test since taking over as Warriors coach after Zimbabwe and Zambia’s CHAN second round, first leg tie was called at Rufaro following the non arrival in the country of Cameroon referee Aurelien Juenkou and his assistants Fuanta Joseph Lambi, Elvis Noupue and Christopher Nde.

There were indications yesterday that the Cameroon officials will still handle the encounter as they were  still holed up in Nairobi Kenya by last night ht.

Juenkou and his colleagues plunged the first leg qualifier into disarray after they reportedly twice missed their connecting flights from Doula to Harare via Nairobi.

The match officials were first expected in Harare on Saturday morning but did not show up.
They were then expected to come on the following day and had even forced a delay in the start of the match from 3pm to 4.30pm but the quartet still failed to make the final leg of their journey amid indications that they were still stuck in Kenya.

Their no show eventually resulted in the game being called off and this meant that Gorowa had to wait another week before he could get the first reality check of the work he is doing with the Warriors.

The former Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns coach said while they had been disappointed about the postponement of the game, he had immediately turned his attention to the rescheduled fixture.

Gorowa believes that his charges could take advantage of the fact that Zambia will be travelling a long distance for the rearranged match.
This is because Chipolopolo will be in action in France tomorrow night when they face Senegal in an international friendly.

Zambia’s French coach Herve Renard left Harare on Sunday night with a number of players from his CHAN squad who will link up with their foreign based colleagues for the international friendly.

Gorowa said although the match would be useful to Zambia in terms of their preparations, the Warriors could capitalise on the fact that Chipolopolo would have little time to rest for the rescheduled encounter and wants skipper Masimba Mambare and his troops “to take full advantage of that’’.

“Everybody was ready for the game. I think we were well prepared for the game and hopefully we will start all over again. We are still focused.
“It’s good for them Zambia that they have a warm-up match in France, well done to them for arranging such a game but the fact that they will be involved a lot of travelling from France to Harare after that game on Wednesday could work in our favour and we have to try and take advantage of that.

“But we will not try to look much into what Zambia are doing or not doing and we will not cry about our lack of resources , instead we will have to make do with the little resources that we have and I think we are trying to do that.

“We know what our limitations are and we will always use whatever is at our disposal. We have not lost focus of the main objective that we have which is to try and qualify for the CHAN finals and we will work hard to achieve that.

“We have said the players can get to enjoy the Heroes holidays and then we will resume business on Wednesday,’’ Gorowa said.
But the Warriors may have to revise his training programme following revelations yesterday that the Premier Soccer League had arranged matches for tomorrow and Thursday where his players will be involved.

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