Southern African Stars Raring to Kick-off AFCON Qualifiers


AmaZulu Southern African players are ready to kick-off their countries’ respective Orange AFCON Nations Qualifying campaign for the 2013 tournament.

All four Carlington Nyadombo, Tapuwa Kapini (both Zimbabweans), Moses Chavula (Malawian) and Tangeni Shipahu kick-off their quest for glory this Wednesday and go into their matches inspired by the recent success story of SADEC counterparts, Zambia.

Moses Chavula told AmaZulufc.net that their coach Kinnah Phiri is counting on a good start in their match against Chad on Wednesday.

“The morale is high despite the team being changed a bit because of injuries to a lot of our foreign based players.

“We’re expecting to do well, the whole country is behind us and to be honest it gives us great confidence to know that if we can set our minds to it we can win like in the case of Zambia.

“In the past Southern teams were underrated but we believe we too can change that,” said the man nicknamed Luba.

Malawi has never qualified for the prestigious AFCON finals and their highest achievement in football is a semi-final finish in the COSAFA cup in 2004.

Striker Tangeni Shipahu and his countrymen will face stiff competition in their dream to qualify as they travel to take on Liberia in Monrovia on Wednesday.    

“It might be a tough one but we’re going for a win. If we don’t get a win at least we must get a draw, and then on the return leg we must beat them at home,” said Shipahu.

The Brave Warriors go into the match with a boost in their fuel having won 3-0 against neighbours Mozambique last week Wednesday with a local based squad in Windhoek. 

Estranged Zimbabwe play Burundi away. The Warriors led by Usuthu duo Tapuwa Kapini and Carlington Nyadombo are desperate for a return into the 16 team tournament after missing out on the 2008, 2010 and 2012 instalments.

New coach Rahman Gumbo has given the Usuthu skipper a vote of confidence by awarding him with the captain’s armband. The ZIFA side will want his team to put the recent Asiagate saga behind them in order to salvage some pride for the Zimbabweans.

“I think we do have the chance because we have a strong team and the boys are in a good mood,” affirmed Kapini.

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