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Zimbabwe should reach AFCON semi-finals with current talent says Robson Muchichwa

Posted: 2 September 2016 Time: 12:04

Former Zimbabwe winger Robson Muchichwa has issued a challenge to The Warriors' current crop of stars, insisting they should aim to reach the semi-finals of next year's Africa Cup onf Nations in Gabon.

Muchichwa says it was not for lack of effort that Zimbabwe have not excelled on the continent in the past but more due to a lack of quality at their disposal.

No such problem exists any longer according to the 40-year-old who singled out Khama Billiat, Tendai Ndoro and Knowledge Musona as the men to lead the charge.

Billiat, of Mamelodi Sundowns, and Ndoro, of Orlando Pirates, are currently in hot form in South Africa's top flight whilst Musona, now of Oostende in Belgium, used to light up the PSL with Kaizer Chiefs.

Billiat and Musona have both scored in the last two qualifying games against Swaziland and Malawi respectively.

"For me you need combination and I think those guys are combining very well," Muchichwa tells KickOff.com. "Their combination, I think it will help us to go through to the semi-finals because they are doing well."

Apart from that potent attacking trident The Warriors have many other PSL stars who have proved a credit to their nation as they stormed through AFCON qualification.

Callisto Pasuwa's side are top of Group L with a game to spare - and in no danger of being overtaken - as they finish their group away against Guinea on Sunday at Stade du 28 Septembre.

"I think the recent team of Zimbabwe are doing well," Muchichwa said. "I'm happy for them that they have qualified and they put the team together.

"The great part of it is they are on top of the group so for me that was good achievement. It shows that going into AFCON next year I'm expecting them to reach the quarter-finals or semi-finals with the team we have."

This is the first time Zimbabwe have secured a top place finish in qualifying for a major tournament and will be competing in an AFCON finals for the first time since the 2006 edition in Egypt.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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