WITH their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers campaign at exactly the halfway stage, Zimbabwe face a defining moment when they take on Ghana at National Sports Stadium this afternoon.
The match kicks off at 3pm.
Still winless in three attempts, the Warriors are bottom of their Group G pile with one point and trail their second-placed opponents by five points.
Norman Mapeza’s charges lost 3-1 in the reverse tie of this back-to-back fixture away to the Black Stars last Saturday and are looking to bounce back in style on home turf.
Zimbabwe are still in with a mathematical chance of progressing if they win all their remaining three games, but will have to heavily rely on the group’s other results elsewhere going their way.
Warriors trainer Mapeza has not thrown in the towel.
“We are not yet giving up hope at this moment. We just need to keep working hard and finish our games in a positive way . . . When playing countries like Ghana, it is always difficult but for us there is still a slim hope and we cannot give up now,” he told our sister paper, The Herald.
The senior men’s football team are pinning their hopes on returning talismanic forward Khama Billiat who missed the first leg due to suspension.
The livewire attacker is expected to inject pace and firepower into the Warriors frontline.
With Mapeza indicating that he will shuffle his pack for today’s crunch encounter and give other players the nod, can Zimbabwe get an outright victory and salvage their seemingly faltering campaign?
Can the Warriors bounce back from the brink?