Warriors’ fans are confident Zimbabwe will this time fare better in the Africa Cup of Nations finals after it was pooled with Senegal, Malawi, and Guinea in Group B.
The draw for the 2021 AFCON finals was held in Cameroon`s capital Yaoundé on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe, since first qualifying for the finals of the AFCON in 2004, has not managed to go beyond the group stages.
Some fans told 98.4FM News that the Warriors have good chances of progressing to the knock-out stage of the continent`s most prestigious football showpiece.
“This is a fair draw considering that we are up against Malawi, which is almost at our level of strength, and as for Guinea, they do pose a big threat but we can still match them. Senegal is a powerhouse, but the good thing about West African teams is that they struggle to break organised teams and if we are organised, we can do well and go beyond the group stage,” said one fan.
Another Warriors supporter said Zimbabwe`s group was fair and the Warriors stood the same chance of making it into the next stage as their opponents in the pool.
One fan said: “This is a good draw by all standards, maybe the best for the Warriors since the first time we qualified for the AFCON finals.”
They said the team must prepare well ahead of its assignments in the tournament, which will run from January 9 to February 6, next year in Cameroon.
The Warriors met Senegal at the 2017 AFCON finals and lost 2-0 to the Lions of Teranga. Zimbabwe beat Malawi 3 – 0 to qualify for the 2017 AFCON finals.