Warriors vice captain Ovidy Karuru vows to shock big names at Afcon tournament in Egypt


WARRIORS midfielder Ovidy Karuru believes the current crop of players has the capacity to make history to go beyond the group stages at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Zimbabwe open their Afcon campaign with a match against the host, Egypt, at the Cairo International Stadium tomorrow night.

And Karuru, who is the vice-captain, said they are not in Egypt to add number but leave a mark.

“We want to make history, and I want to be part of the group of players to go beyond the group stage,” said Karuru.

Karuru said the group has quality players who can shock big names and urges fans to rally behind them

“I think we have good players in camp, we have players who can deliver and we always want the fans to remain behind us. They should keep encouraging us to do better,” said Karuru.

The Amazulu midfielder is among the players expected to form Sunday Chidzambwa’s midfield for tomorrow’s tournament opener.

Meanwhile Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare yesterday said the technical team was yet to make a decision on a player to replace injured Tafadzwa Kutinyu.

Kutinyu suffered a knee injury during the practice match against Tanzania last Sunday.

“Well we haven’t decided on who is going to replace Kutinyu because we have notified CAF, we have submitted medical report and they have since responded the information for the player who is coming for Kutinyu.

“But there is one sticking point that where we were supposed to do medicals for those on standby which we didn’t do unfortunately but we are trying to find out from CAF if the player can come and do the medicals,” said Mpandare.

Mpandare also gave an update on Khama Billiat who he said is in shape for the Egypt encounter putting to ease fears by fans.

— HMetro

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