The Warriors of Zimbabwe may have a surprise for the Black Stars of Ghana when the two teams take to the pitch tomorrow. Zimbabwe is boosted by the presence of key player Khama Billiat, who missed Saturday’s encounter due to card accumulation.
Khama Billiat, 31, is a player who comes with immense talent and experience into the National team. The Kaiser Chiefs forward poses a major threat to any defense and could pull the trigger with the least chance.
His absence on Saturday was hugely felt by the team as there was virtually no potent forward to pile pressure on Jonathan Mensah and Alexander Djiku. The dynamics could have been different with his presence but for his card compilation.
In the Saturday match, Zimbabwe came strong into the game , dictating proceedings which became tough for Dede Ayew and his colleagues to endure. In the first half, there were occasions where Zimbabwe took charge of midfield, creating spaces while running balls, which ensured the opponent quickly gets to Ghana’s area with ease, only to be denied by sharp attack or a potent forward. While those moments came the way of the Warriors, Khama Billiat could have emerged the brightest spot of his side by punishing Black Stars of Ghana on the day.
Playing at home tomorrow, head coach of Zimbabwe Norman Mapeza will tweak his side and team’s shape to provide a suitable position for Khama Billiat to operate. The strategy for the home fixture will largely shift from what was deployed over the weekend. Skipper Knowledge Musona will have a perfect pair or combination which will move the entire team on the surge, with any opportunity to place the ball into Black Stars’ net.
Black Stars of Ghana utilized chances that availed for the team on the day and same will be aimed by Zimbabwe in Harare. Their pattern of play at the Cape Coast Stadium gave deep comprehension of what the side could offer with talented squad.
In Group G, Warriors of Zimbabwe are on one point but they are far from calling it over as they look to reorganize and stage a huge comeback in the quest to qualify for the global tournament. The next three games for Zimbabwe could define how far they want to fare in the qualifying matches. Coach Norman Mapeza on the other side has his eyes on the much-touted qualification to affirm his ability to handle the National team on a long term basis.
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