Former Highlanders footballer and coach Cosmas Zulu has stronger highlighted what is lacking in the Warriors team ahead of AFCON 2019.

The local veteran with over 30 years in Zimbabwean football believes that watching the team over several years has led him to note that there is a key lack of patriotic spirit.

“I have been watching them (the Warriors) over the years and while we are happy that they have qualified for the tournament four times now, they lack a fundamental requirement — the desire to die for the country,” Zulu told News Day.

“Some countries go far and even win these tournaments not necessarily because they have talented players, but they are prepared to die for the national team shirt and I haven’t seen that in these Warriors; that fighting spirit, which was there at Highlanders during our time,” Zulu continued.


Cosmas Zulu


The man known as “Tsano” says that the missing ingredient is the very factor that will lead to a first round exit from the side led by Knowledge Musona.

“This is the reason why we have failed to go beyond the group stages all these years we have participated at the Afcon finals. Unless we have that spirit in our Warriors, I don’t see them going beyond the first round in Egypt,” concluded Zulu.


The Warriors team that took the nation to AFCON 2019


Sunday Chidzambga's  side will open the tournament against Egypt on 21 June. Other Group A opponents include DR Congo and Uganda.

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