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“We have beaten them before”

It is a herculean task but Zimbabwe has done it before, beating over dog Democratic Republic of Congo in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the National Sports Stadium.

The year was 2000, and Zimbabwe downed DR Congo 3-2 in Group 6 of the Mali 2002 AFCON qualifiers. Luke Petros scored twice and Peter Ndlovu scored the other goal.

The Warriors lost the reverse fixture 1-2 and Benjani Mwaruwari scored the consolation.

On paper, Zimbabwe’s Warriors will be fighting a team out of their league when they face DR Congo in back to back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on 13 and 16 October in Kinshasa and Harare respectively.

DR Congo are 40th on the FIFA rankings, 77 places above Zimbabwe who are 77 places worse at 117.

With Khama Billiat and Knowledge Musona leading the Warriors’ attack, every team that plays Zimbabwe has reason to be concerned.

In the build-up to the away match against Congo in September, Billiat underscored that the team which wants it more always prevails.

Musona’s three goals against Liberia makes him joint top scorer after two matches in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Billiat’s performances for Kaizer Chiefs in the South African premiership saw him being crowned the league’s player of the month of September.

Against Congo, Billiat started and scored but he had not trained well due to a hamstring strain.

Another important development on the injuries list was Marvelous Nakamba’s return to action in a UEFA Champions league match when Club Brugge played Atletico Madrid.

After trying for so long and keeping Zimbabweans expectant of the arrival of the British brigade, part of it was delivered this time. Tendayi Darikwa will fly from Nottingham Forest to join the Warriors in battle.

More players with Zimbabwean origin are expected to secure local documentation in the near future, and Zimbabwe is expected to reap huge from the experience they will bring.

In 2009, Phillip Marufu scored in a 1 all draw against DR Congo at the African nations Championship in Cote d’Ivoire.

 

Head to Head

Zimbabwe

Played 3; Won 1; Drawn 1; Lost 1

DR Congo

Played 3; Won 1; Drawn 1; Lost 1

FIXTURE

DR Congo/ Zimbabwe 13 October [

Zimbabwe/DR Congo 16 October [7 PM]

 

 

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