Afcon 2017: Mahachi warns Zimbabwean AFCON opposition

South African-based Zimbabwean midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi says they can cause an upset at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The Golden Arrows winger says the mix of European-based players, Zimbabwean-based and those plying their trade in the Absa Premiership makes them a tough unit.

Kalisto Pasuwa’s men are in Group B together with Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal as they will fight to reach the knockout stages.

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“We’ve got good players from Europe and South Africa and the best players even from local [Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League], so I think we’ve got a good squad,” said the 23-year-old to

“We have been playing together since the beginning of the campaign so we understand each other and we know our strengths and weaknesses. I feel we’ve got a good combination on our side.

“Of course we are underdogs and we’re playing big teams there [at AFCON], but playing Ivory Coast recently in a friendly match helped us a lot. It was good to test ourselves against the so called ‘big nations’ on the African continent.”

The Southern African side will kickoff their campaign with a tough assignment against the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Sunday.


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