THE Warriors will on Saturday plunge into their first Chan finals battle when they meet hosts Cameroon in the tournament’s opener set for 6PM.
The tournament runs until February 7.
Captained by Chicken Inn fullback, Ian Nekati, Zdravko Logarusic’s charges were, who left the country on Wednesday were expected to arrive in Yaounde on Thursday after having a sleepover in Ethiopia.
Warriors are in Group A with Cameroon, Mali and Burkina Faso.
The preparations have not been smooth sailing and Covid-19 made the shoddy preps as it hit 15 members of the team. As a result,
Highlanders defence stalwart Peter Muduhwa, who is among the 23-member squad, emphasised on the need to work extra hard.
“So far so good. We travelled well and we are looking forward to do well in the tournament. Our preparations for this tournament met serious challenges which means we need to work extra hard to get the desired results.
“I’m very much confident that we are going to do well. All that is needed is team effort, we need to complement each other and make the nation proud,” said Muduhwa in a brief interview from Ethiopia on Wednesday night before the team proceeded to Cameroon.
Warriors’ squad for Chan
Goalkeepers: Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), Simba Chinani (Dynamos), Nelson Chadya (Ngezi)
Defenders: Peter Muduhwa (Highlanders), Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Tafadzwa Jaravani (CAPS Utd), Ian Nekati (Chicken inn), Qadr Amini (Ngezi), Carlos Mavhurume (CAPS Utd), Pawell Govere (Golden Eagles), Andrew Mbeba (Highlanders), Talent Chamboko (Manica Diamonds)
Midfielders: Richard Hachiro (CAPS Utd), Ronald Chitiyo (CAPS Utd), Shadreck Nyahwa (Byo (Chiefs), Wellington Taderera (Ngezi), Leeroy Mavunga (CAPS Utd), Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City), King Nadolo (Dynamos), Denver Mukamba (Ngezi)
Strikers: Obriel Chirinda (Chicken inn), Tawanda Nyamandwe (Manica Diamonds), Farawo Matare (Bulawayo Chiefs)