ZIMBABW 's warriors will open the finale of 2019 Afon with a bribe against Mohammed Salah and the Egyptian pharaoh at the Cairo stadium on June 21 in the replay of the first match at the premiere football exhibition of the continent in Tunisia 15 years ago.
The Warriors were the first team to be selected at the draw that took place in the spectacular pyramid background and were immediately pushed into group A hosted by hosts who will be the first to present the tournament in 13 years. Sunday Chidzambwa and his troops will have another duel against the DRC, which was in its qualifying group, and Uganda, in heavyweight A.
Warriors won four points from the Congolese and defeated 2: 1 in Kinshasa before two teams fought against 1-1 at the national sports stadium where Knox Mutizwe's goal was to give hosts the advantage of two goals. Egyptian officials for matches are prohibited to object. And, at the end of the qualification, the warriors found themselves at two points at the top of their group and had the luxury to know that even if they gave away three points they won in Kinshasa, the DRC would still reach the Afcon Finals.
The soldiers played the Pharaohs at the Nations Cup – The Egyptians were the first opponents whom Chidzambwa and his men faced in their first match at the Afcon Finals in Tunisia in 2004 in a duel won by Pharaohs 2-1. We will always remember this game due to Wilfred Mugey's apparent last mistake, which would make Warriors his performance, while then captain Peter Ndlov reached the goal of Zimbabwe.
Warriors have never played the DRC and Uganda in the Cup of Nations Cup. Mustapha Hadji, one of the best players who left the continent, who played for Coventry City and Aston Villa in his career, was the star who chose Warriors from the hat. This meant that Zimbabwe would have to play Egypt in the first match in Cairo, the first competitive match between the two countries in that city from that unfortunate World Cup qualifier in 1993, which the Pharaohs won only 2-1 in order to eliminate Fifa . and order a repetition.
Both teams also met in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Alexandria, and Egypt needed a final penalty in the last minute Mohamed Aboutrik transformed to steal a 2-1 victory after Musone's score for Warriors. Salah then reached a hattrick at the National Sports Stadium, while Egypt competed with a 4-2 victory. With two of the best teams that secured a place in the elimination round and four of the top third ranked players who also survive, the Warriors can represent their options because they can compete against the pharaohs, while they should be against the Congolese and Uganda.
The shape could mean that one victory in group games can be enough for the team to pass to the phase of elimination, depending on the results elsewhere. "There is a country we never mention, and I think their potential is huge," said retired former South African footballer Stanton Fredericks, who was on SuperSport last night.
"We have so many of our players playing in our local league, and this is Zimbabwe, a very exciting football brand that goes on." Zimbabwe can not be reduced in this competition. "The Warriors have been impressive in recent years and have been the only South African national championship in Afghanistan 2017 in Gabon.