Mapeza bullish ahead of crucial Ghana tie

Warriors coach Norman Mapeza is going to have individual meetings with the players to understand their concerns and how they can perform to their optimum ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifiers clash against Ghana.

HARARE – Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza is going to have individual meetings with the players to understand their concerns and how they can perform to their optimum ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifiers clash against Ghana.

Mapeza said he will first sit down with the players before their first training session in Cape Coast on Wednesday so that he keep tabs with the current status of each and every player.

“What I need to do first, is to talk with all the players save for those from FC Platinum that I already know of definitely.

“I need to understand exactly where they think they can play to the best of their abilities,” Mapeza said.

“What I want, is to play the players in the positions that they feel comfortable and think they can play to the best of their abilities.

“I will talk to Jordan Zemura and if he says coach look I have been playing as an offensive left sided midfielder, and if he is comfortable on that side, I will play him that side.

“Khama Billiat, I worked with him before, I know his strengths and weaknesses. I also need to know what’s going on with him.

“You know these footballers sometimes, you need to talk to them. When he is low in confidence, he just need two or three words to pick himself up. So will talk to him.”

“I also need to talk to Nakamba and hear which position he is comfortable with whether it’s the holding position or what.

“The same with Marshal Munetsi if he is comfortable to play in defence or midfield. I just need to talk with all the players and see how I can get the best out of them.”

The Warriors arrives in Accra on Tuesday night and will connect to the city of Cape Coast on Wednesday where they will have their first training session in the afternoon.

They will have two more training sessions on Thursday and Friday before Saturday’s clash.

The return leg is on next Tuesday at the National Sports stadium in Harare.

Shingai Matibiri
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