DESPITE carrying a 3-1 lead ahead of the final round of the Chan qualifiers against hosts Lesotho, Warriors interim head coach Joey Antipas has said they can only underestimate the Crocodiles at their own peril.
The two teams will lock horns in Maseru on Sunday weeks after the Warriors cruised past the Crocodiles in the first leg played at the National Sports Stadium through a Prince Dube brace and another goal by Wellington Taderera.
Hlompho Kalake converted a late penalty to give Lesotho some hope of overturning the scores in front of their home supporters.
“We have an advantage over Lesotho but playing away from home presents us with a tricky situation. It’s a game that requires maximum concentration from everyone in the team.
“We can underrate them (Lesotho) at our own peril because they eliminated South Africa in this competition. We need to go and fight for another good result. As such, we have to be at the top of our game because we want to advance to the finals,” said the Antipas who has largely kept the core of the team that did duty at home.
The only new addition in the team was Ngezi Platinum Stars midfielder Donald Teguru. There were also places in the provisional squad for in-form CAPS United creative midfielder Joel “Josta” Ngodzo and Nomore Chinyerere.
The duo was omitted in the previous match because they did not have passports. Ngodzo is arguably the league’s best player so far and the former Highlanders man has been in sparkling form for the Green Machine scoring and creating all important goals for the PSL log leaders.
Highlanders’ Prince Dube and Chicken Inn’s stocky striker Obriel Chirinda are expected to lead the Warriors attack.
Dube is the leading goal scorer in the campaign with five goals under his belt. Antipas will hope that Dube takes his scoring boots to Lesotho and helps his nation reach the final tournament set for Cameroon in January next year.
The Warriors squad was expected to fly out to Maseru on Thursday.
Goalkeepers: Simbarashe Chinani (Dynamos) Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders)
Defenders: Partson Jaure (Manica Diamonds), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders), Frank Makarati (Ngezi Platinum) Ian Nekati (ZPC Kariba), MacClive Phiri (Highlanders), Xolani Ndlovu (Chicken inn)
Midfielders: Kelvin Madzongwe (FC Platinum) Tichaona Chipunza (Chicken Inn) Nqobizitha Masuku (Highlanders) Ralph Kawondera (Triangle) Joel Ngodzo (Caps United) Valentine Kadonzvo (Chicken Inn) Phenias Bamusi (Caps United)
Strikers: Prince Dube (Highlanders) Obriel Chirinda (Chicken Inn) Wellington Taderera (Black Rhinos)