Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. Warriors vice-captain Ovidy Karuru said that Zimbabwe should have a strong start in the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers for them to have any chance of of qualifying to the finals for the first time.
Zimbabwe is in Group G together with Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia and will play its opening and closing matches of the campaign at home.
Karuru told NewsDay that the Warriors may need to win all their six matches to proceed to the next stage of the qualifiers. He said:
A good start is always important because it gives us a good foundation on which to build our campaign going forward.
World Cup qualifiers are tough and only the best team will progress. That means we will need to win almost all the matches in the group to go through.
Winning the first match will obviously give us confidence. I’m happy that we are going to start at home.
Zimbabwe will begin its World Cup campaign at home against neighbours South Africa between June 5-8, before travelling to Ethiopia the following week.
The top team in the group will progress to the final qualifying round, where they join nine other group winners from the continent to play home and away over two legs.
The five winners will represent Africa at the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.