Munetsi, Arubi upbeat of ‘winning start’ ahead of Bafana tie

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The Warriors duo of Marshal Munetsi and Washington Arubi is upbeat Zimbabwe will get off to a winning start in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they host Bafana Bafana on Friday at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

The match, which kicks off at 3pm, will be played behind closed doors because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Reims midfielder, Munetsi, says they are eager to do it for their teammates like Marvellous Nakamba of Aston Villa and US-based defender Teenage Hadebe, who were unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“I was not part of the last group that ensured that we qualified for the Afcon but those that were there did the job for us. We just want to return the favour,” the 25-year-old midfielder said.

“I have been speaking to some of them and they have been motivating me a lot. We just have to play for those that could not make it for this match. I know Marve [Nakamba] badly wanted to be here with us, and Tendayi [Darikwa] has always been talking about this qualifying World Cup campaign, but unfortunately they could not be here with us.

“Camp has been good seeing my fellow brothers, it’s been a while since I have been with the team. The mood is amazing everybody is looking forward to the game, so it’s good for us.”

Despite missing several players, Arubi, who turns out for Marumo Gallants, believes the depleted Warriors squad is still good enough to shock South Africa.

“People are talking about those that are not available and it’s a sad situation for them and for us. But there is nothing much that we can do.

“We need to focus on those that are here and try to encourage them. I have been watching those that are available and I think they are ready.

“Some of them have represented the team before and they have experience playing at this level. I’m 120% confident that they can deliver. I just hope that they will take this opportunity with both hands and play well,” Arubi said.

Former Kaizer Chiefs talisman Knowledge Musona will spearhead the Warriors’ attack together with Lyon forward Tino Kadewere.

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By FARPost Reporter