Zimbabwe Warriors Coach Norman Mapeza continues with his preparations for the Africa Cup of nations finals in earnest as he leads the way in training on Saturday ahead of their first friendly match against Sudan in Yaounde.
The 49-year-old coach who was a key player for the Warriors during his time, showed off how it is done- with some of his close ball control and passing abilities during a training session on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors will take on Sudan this afternoon in their first international friendly in Yaounde at around 3pm, 4pm local time.
Another friendly international against Cameroon has been called off after the host proposed a different date that collides with the Warriors’ schedule.
Mapeza who is a known disciplinary tactician is being praised for instilling discipline in the Warriors camp, though his style is also blamed for having ruffled players with big egos.
We may not like it, but many of the top footballers in the world have big egos, often too big to manage and, many times they clash with disclinary tactician like Mapeza.
The FC Platinum coach is in line to become the fourth Zimbabwean coach at the Africa cup of nations after Charles Mhlauri, Sunday Chidzambwa and Kallisto Pasuwa,
In the absence of big name players like injured Marvelous Nakamba and Nyasha Munetsi, the retired Khama Billiat and Tendayi Darikwa who excused himself due to a family emergency problem, Mapeza will pin his hopes on the experience of Inform skipper Knowledge Musona, Huston Dynamo defender Teenage Hadebe, veteran left-back Onismor Bhasera, the budding star Jordan Zemura and the ever dedicated midfielder cum defender Alec Mudimu.
The Warriors will wait for the arrival of the other five players to make up the 23-man squad before they travel to their base in Bafoussam.
Thy are in group B along side Senegal, Guinea and Malawi.