13 January 2017
RETIRED footballer Brian Badza says the Warriors need an early goal against the Algerians on Sunday.
Badza was part of the last crop of players to qualify for AFCON in 2006 under Charles Mhlauri.
The Warriors were in group B against giants Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana in which they lost to Senegal and Nigeria before winning 3-1 against Ghana.
Zimbabwe open their campaign in Group B against Algeria on Sunday and Badza says an early goal will unsettle their opponents.
“They need to go there and get an early goal. That’s enough to frustrate opponents from the North learning from experience of our last tournament in Egypt 2006. The trick will be to ensure the team does not concede too early and if luck is on our side, score an early goal, we are still in a position to progress to the next stage and we can’t curse ourselves for now.
“Like any tournament you have to perform on the day, have a little bit of luck and if it happens we’ll have a good AFCON. The big teams will cancel each other out,” he said.
Badza, who is now based in UK added, “In 2006, we had big players and matched our opponents in terms of stature but we failed to get the goals in time. Now football has developed and has become more scientific. It’s all about strategies and they need to get it right on not conceding early but rather score first. It was so hard to react when we conceded early. Naturally it requires great attitude. That derails the coach’s plans.”
Badza also spoke about the match against Cameroon.
“It was a very good performance from the Warriors against Cameroon. I wouldn’t want them to be carried away. I want to wish them good luck.”
AFCON 2006 squad
Tapuwa Kapini, Energy Murambadoro, Gift Muzadzi,
Zvenyika Makonese, James Matola, George Mbwando, Dumisani Mpofu, Charles Yohane, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Cephas Chimedza.
Shingirai Kawondera, Edelbert Dinha, Francis Chandida, Tinashe Nengomasha, Edzai Kasinauyo, Esrom Nyandoro, Ronald Sibanda, Lloyd Chitembwe
Brian Badza, Benjani Mwaruwari, Joel Luphahla, Gilbert Mushangazhike and Peter Ndlovu.