By Brighton Ncube -Sports reporter
“There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who’s been pinching my beer?
And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman’s eye.
– Terry Pratchett, The Truth
The African Cup of Nations is here , its at the finaly group stage with some teams already having qualified to the next stage. The warriors of Zimbabwe are set to face their fears as they encounter Tunisia in a do or die encounter tonight. This game determines if Zimbabwe warriors progress to the next stage. The boys played wonderful football in their first match against Algeria where they drew to a 2-2 , then went on to loss against Senegal 2-0.
The match between zimbabwe and Tunisia is a must win match for the Zimbabwe Warriors. The boys have been complaining for un paid wages prior to the tournament. The stage is set for the warrriors to do the hunting to progress to the next stage. Will the warriors make history and progress to the next stage? only time will tell,
Calisto Pasuwa is the second youngest coach in the tournament and the only coach without European experience as a player and a coach. Will that count in this game? Can Zimbabwe Warriors upset the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. This is the team which is the second in the point having 3points oin their bag, three behind Senegal, who have already been crowned as winners of the group, and two in front of Algeria and Zimbabwe.
The only way they can now be eliminated from the tournament is with defeat to the Zimbabwean , Warriors side that packs plenty of attacking talent, but have proven vulnerable at the back.
The only previous meeting between Tunisia and Zimbabwe was a friendly in 1998 that finished in a 1-1 draw, but the North Africans will be heavily tipped to come away with a win this time round.
Tunisia have qualified for the quarterfinals in five of the last seven tournaments they have played, but have not made it past that stage since winning the title on home soil in 2014.
Zimbabwe were thoroughly outplayed in their second pool game against Senegal, losing 2-0 but barely having a sniff on goal .The Warriors are not out of the competition though and a surprise victory over Tunisia could be enough to qualify if Algeria don’t get full points from their game against Senegal.
If both teams win then it will come down to goal-difference and final goal-scored to see who makes it into the quarterfinals.
Will the story of the Zimbabwean warriors be the tale of a cup half full or half empty?.
When one looks at the warriors line up the team hasgood players the likes of Khama Billiat playing wonderful football spraying champagne passes together with the left football Kuda Mahachi, the young goal minder who has been wonderful between the sticks Mukuruva, with Knowledge Musona having sustained a hamstring injury on the first match will the warriors striker put the Warriors to the quarter finals?