Current Zimbabwean captain and Usuthu attacking midfielder Ovidy Karuru (30) jokingly told AmaZulufc.net that he and his countrymen, Talent Chawapihwa and Butholezwe Ncube will be out prolong their COSAFA Cup reign. No matter who stands in their way.
The trio face an unfancied Comoros side on 01 June at Princess Magogo Stadium (17:30). Comoros made history by qualifying into the quarterfinals for the first time in the COSAFA Cup after winning group A.
The 2017 COSAFA Cup Golden Boot recipient sounded as if he was issuing out a statement of intent to some of his PSL opponents, mainly Bafana Bafana who begin their tournament with a match against Botswana in the quarter finals on Sunday. This year the organisers welcomed 14 nations at this year’s event.
Karuru said: “We are getting ready to defend our cup. We are not focussing on other teams, we are just focusing on what we are good at. We have to defend our cup and prepare for Africa Cup of Nations,” said Karuru.
The Masvingo born man may just have the goods to certainly present yet another case into throne. Zimbabwe hold the record for the most COSAFA Cup championships, having lifted it six times, with South Africa and Zambia hot on their heels with four wins each.
For Buthelezwe Ncube for now, it’s all about remaining patient and taking it a step at a time as the tournaments offers him another opportunity to don the Warriors colour.
“So far so good. We’re doing well and ready for our games. It’s my first for COSAFA but l once went in Zambia in the four teams last year. I’m looking forward to it,” said Ncube.
With Warriors’ Chawapihwa (26) and Ncube (27) just as upbeat about their opening match on Saturday, Coach Sunday Chidzambwa however brought a squad in transit as they’ll immediately fast track their AFCON preparations post COSAFA.
Ever exciting winger, Talent Chawapihwa had this to say: “All is well. The camp has been going well, so far so good. The boys are looking sharp and ready to use COSAFA as a preparation for AFCON tournament.”
“The plan for me is to have a best AFCON to remember to come out from group stages, and it’s also a good learning opportunity for me too,” said Chawapihwa.
The final will be held on 08 June at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Full COSAFA QF Fixtures:
01/06/2019, Lesotho VS Uganda, Princess Magogo, KO: 15:00.
01/06/1019, Zimbabwe VS Comoros, Princess Magogo, KO:17:30.
02/06/2019 South Africa V Botswana, Princess Magogo, KO: 15:00
02/06/2019, Zambia VS Malawi, Princess Magogo, 17:30