ZIMBABWE Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has named his starting XI to face the Flames of Malawi in a crucial AFCON 2021 Group B clash this evening.
Kick-off is at 6pm Zimbabwe time.
The two teams lock horns in an encounter at the Kouekong Stadium, a match that has been dubbed the SADC derby.
The Warriors will also be desperate to get their AFCON campaign up and running after losing 1-0 to the Lions of Teranga in dramatic fashion on Monday courtesy of Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time penalty.
Norman Mapeza’s troops were just seconds away from claiming a point in their group opener when the referee pointed to the spot after Peter Muduhwa handled Fode Ballo-Toure’s shot inside the box.
Back home in Zimbabwe, self-proclaimed prophet Passion Java has promised the Warriors US$5,000 for each goal they score in the match against Malawi today. “Score many goals and make more money,” the flamboyant preacher said.
Below is the team selected by former Warriors captain Mapeza:
- Petros Mhari,
- Takudzwa Chimwemwe,
- Teenage Hadebe,
- Gerald Takwara,
- Bruce Kangwa,
- Onismor Bhasera,
- Kelvin Madzongwe,
- Ishmael Wadi,
- Knowledge Musona,
- Kundai Benyu,
- Tino Kadewere.
Neither the Warriors nor the Flames have made it beyond the group stages before, with Malawi failing in two previous attempts (1984 and 2010) and Zimbabwe on four occasions (2004, 2006, 2017, 2019).
This will be the 13th meeting between the two nations. The Flames have come out on top just twice compared to seven victories for the Warriors, tipping the scales in tonight’s clash in favour of Mapeza’s troops.
Their last clash was in the COSAFA Cup last year which finished in a 2-2 draw.