Lloyd Mutasa, assistant coach for Zimbabwe’s Warriors is cautious of Malawi after Cosafa Castle Cup draw put them on a collision course in the quarterfinal stage of the revived tournament.
Malawi face Zimbabwe on June 13 in the quarterfinals as both teams were on bye basing on their higher position on Fifa rankings.
Mutasa, who described the draw as fair, said that it becomes tricky considering that the two teams are bound to meet earlier in a friendly game at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on May 25.
“It’s a fair draw but it becomes tricky now that we play them in the friendly game and again at the Cosafa tournament. But I believe everything is under control and I am sure we will discuss this with the coach when we meet,” Mutasa said.
He also hinted that Zimbabwe could use the friendly game in Malawi to assess other players who might be needed for Cosafa assignment.
“We are rebuilding our team and it’s most likely that when we go there for the friendly match we will not use exactly the same team that will play at the Cosafa tournament.”
“Right now we are still rebuilding a team and I am sure that friendly match will offer an opportunity to assess other players that the technical team may need to look at.”
“For instance, we have seen two players who convinced the coaches that they deserve a place in the first team from the recent friendly match against Zambia.”
Flames Coach Eddington Ng’onamo said although it was tricky to face Zimbabwe in the Cosafa after a friendly, the approach of both games would be different.
“We are geared to play Zimbabwe in Cosafa just as any other team,” Ng’onamo said.
“In a friendly game we are going to assess players and the result would not be of any use while in the Cosafa a loss would mean doom for Malawi in the competition.”
Malawi were seeded alongside defending champions Zimbabwe, Angola, South Africa and Zambia basing on the Fifa rankings.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :