The absence of Munetsi, “a huge blow”

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Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza looks back on the double absence of Marshall Munetsi (Reims) and Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) for CAN.

Zimbabwe play this AFCON without their successful duo of defensive midfielders, made up of Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) and of Marshall Munetsi (Reims). This will be the case against Guinea on Tuesday in Yaoundé. A double absence that Warriors coach Norman Mapeza commented on Monday at a pre-match press conference. “Their forfeit was a huge blow to us, when we learned that their injuries would prevent them from playing this CAN 2021, admitted the coach. These are two players who have been a big help in the playoffs. It’s sad for them not to see them with us, but we’ve called in other players as reinforcements and they’re doing well. “ Present at his side, the defender (and midfielder) Jordan Zemura abounded in the same direction. “It’s infuriating, said the Bournemouth player. I am really disappointed for them that they are not here with us to experience this adventure. »

“Get a good result”

Even without their shock duo in midfield, Zimbabwe intends to play his luck to the end against Guinea to at least finish this first round well. And more if the results of the other groups allow it. “We played very well against Senegal., keeping them in check until twenty seconds from the end of the match, continued Mapeza. We had some chances to win against Malawi, especially in the first half. So we will try to retain the positive to get a good result against Guinea on Tuesday. The National Syli is warned.

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