“#Zimbabwe” WARRIORS goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze is backing Zimbabwe to go all the way in their bid to qualify for a maiden World Cup final as well as the 2021 African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
Chipezeze had the night mare of retrieving the ball four times from the nets in a 4-0 defeat against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt in June as the Warriors suffered one of their heaviest defeat at the tournament.
He was blamed for the mistakes in three goals scored by DRC.
The Baroka goalkeeper had been thrown into the deep end after first choice goalkeeper George Chigova was injured during warm up ahead of the decisive match against DRC.
Chipezeze has however recovered from that horror show and commanded his defence like a real Warrior on Tuesday which helped Zimbabwe qualify for the group stage of the 2022 World Cup following a 3-1 win over Somalia.
Goals from Marshall Munetsi, Knox Mutizwa and Khama Billiat who scored the winner in two minutes of added time ensured the Warriors’ progression.
Although the Warriors missing several regulars including skipper Knowledge Musona were far from convincing by their standards, Chipezeze believes with better preparations they had potential to qualify for their first world cup tournament. He said they had a good team and singled out Khama Billiat as a special player who can make a difference.
“I think we have got a good team. It was not easy but we fought hard to get a good result and proceed to the group stage.
There is team spirit and belief. We made a mistake in defence and allowed Somalia to score the equaliser but Billiat covered up for that mistake.
He is a quality player, we all know that and he saved the situation.
I believe the team can improve with time and qualify for the tournament,” he said.
The global soccer show case will be held in Qata in 2022 but Zimbabwe will have to wait to know their group opponents.
However, in November, Zimbabwe will kick start their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a clash against neighbours Botswana.
The Warriors are in Group H alongside neighbours Botswana and Zambia as well as reigning African champions Algeria. The top teams in the group will qualify to the to the finals to be held in Cameroon.