Sink or swim for Warriors

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\n HARARE – Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa is not throwing in the towel yet and is confident his side can beat Tunisia this evening and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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\n Zimbabwe take on the Carthage Eagles tonight at the Stade de L’Amitie in the Gabon capital Libreville at 9pm.

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\n The Warriors are still smarting from last Thursday’s humbling 2-0 defeat to Senegal while Tunisia boosted their chances of reaching the last eight after a 2-1 victory over Algeria also on Thursday.

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\n It was a disappointing loss for Zimbabwe after the early promise the team had shown in the entertaining 2-2 draw against Algeria in their opening match of the competition.

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\n “We lost it during that early period against Senegal, where we were caught cold,” Pasuwa told reporters yesterday ahead of the match.

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\n “We improved as the game progressed, but it was difficult to recover playing such a team. It is a lesson learnt for us, but the good part is we are still in it, it’s not yet over.

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\n “We have to fight against Tunisia and we know a win can take us through.”

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\n Zimbabwe paid dearly for trying to go toe-to-toe against the Lions of Teranga as they were decimated by the West Africans , who scored two quick-fire goals through Sadio Mane and Henri Saivet in the opening 15 minutes.

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\n From there, the Warriors were kept at bay and never really troubled goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo for the remainder of the game. 

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\n Although they began the competition with a 2-0 loss to Senegal — Tunisia played some irresistible football but lacked the killer instinct.

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\n Henryki Kasperczak’s side rectified their mistakes to convert their chances when they downed Algeria last Thursday.

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\n “We sat together as a team and I kept on motivating the players knowing that as the tournament proceeds they will gain more confidence.

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\n “It was not an easy game because our opponents were also working hard to get a win, but we realised we could beat them in the first 20 minutes.”

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