Published On: Wed, Dec 28th, 2016

Zimbabwean captain Willard Katsande confident his country can top their group

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 Zimbabwean midfielder and captain Willard Katsande is confident his country can top their group when they take part in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Zimbabwe are the underdogs in Group B with African football heavyweights Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia, but still Katsande insists that his side’s team work will make all the difference.

“I believe we have the quality and talent in our team to top Group B,” says Katsande.

“We are the only team representing Southern Africa and we showed in our qualifying campaign what kind of a force we are.

“We worked hard in qualifying, to top our group, and we only lost one game in the process. We will not be an easy team to beat, we are no pushovers.

“Yes we are going to carry the underdog tag, but we are going to showcase our talent. The teams in our group are beatable.

“In my opinion we are in the ‘Group of Death’ with teams like Senegal and Algeria, who did not lose a game during qualifying and are among the favourites to lift the AFCON title.

“But in past games against South Africa we have seen both Algeria and Senegal struggle, and that has given us confidence because we play a similar style to Bafana Bafana.

“We will give them the respect they deserve but on match day it is 11 versus 11 and it is all about who applies their tactics best.”