Could Zimbabwe make a maiden appearance at the FIFA World Cup in 2022?
Shortly after the jubilation of qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, the Zimbabwe Warriors have it all to do again.
After being drawn in Group G which could easily be named Group Go Big or Go Home, because of the kind of sides in the group and how they could cancel each other out. There will be no room to now put your best foot forward for any of the nations. Especially for Zimbabwe as there will be the other half of a Southern African derby against neighbors and rivals South Africa.
Zimbabwe vs South Africa 5 – 8 June
Ethiopia vs Zimbabwe 11 – 14 June
Ghana vs Zimbabwe 1 – 4 September
Zimbabwe vs Ghana 5 – 7 September
South Africa vs Zimbabwe 6 – 9 October
Zimbabwe vs Ethiopia 10 – 12 October
The supporters made their feelings known when current Warriors coach, Zdravko Logarusic’s statistics were posted on social media after the Warriors qualified for AFCON 2022 following Zambia’s three all draw with Algeria.
The results Logarusic has overseen as the Warriors head coach:
Algeria 3-1 Zimbabwe (Afcon Q)
Zimbabwe 2-2 Algeria (Afcon Q)
Cameroon 1-0 Zimbabwe (CHAN)
Burkina Faso 3-1 Zimbabwe (CHAN)
Zimbabwe 0-1 Mali (CHAN)
Botswana 0-1 Zimbabwe (Afcon Q)
Zimbabwe 0-2 Zambia (Afcon Q)
One win, a draw, and five losses have seen the Croatian come under fire and it’s safe to say the Zimbabwean football public doubt things will get better with him at the helm.
He does however have a golden chance to change the public’s perception come June where his charges could win six crucial points.
But it all starts now, by getting a more competent technical team around him especially in the performance analysis department, and securing a commitment from players who may be key to his side that we’re not part of the AFCON qualifying group.