AFC Bournemouth left-back Jordan Zemura says Zimbabwe will fight for all the points against Ghana in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying doubleheader this month.
Zimbabwe will play the Black Stars away at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium this coming Saturday before hosting the 4-time African champions in the return fixture three days later in Harare.
The Warriors are bottom of Group G after losing against Ethiopia away and holding South Africa to a goalless draw at home in the first two rounds last month.
Ghana sits second in the group with three points after losing to South Africa and beating Zimbabwe.
The back-to-back ties between Ghana and Zimbabwe will be decisive for both teams as a draw in either game may hinder their hopes of qualifying from the group for the playoffs.
The teams also sacked their coaches after those first two rounds of matches; Norman Mapeza taking over Zimbabwe again while Milovan Rajevac also returned for a second stint with Ghana.
Zemura, who missed the qualifiers last month because of the COVID-19 restrictions in England is relishing the challenge of playing against the Black Stars.
“It looks very much a gigantic task, but that motivates more,” he told Zimbabwe’s The Herald.
“Playing back-to-back matches against such a big name or team like Ghana cannot be an easy task at all.
“It is tough, very tough. But football has changed and we are looking forward to a very good outing in Ghana before we can talk of the home game three days later.
“Our full focus is on the match against Ghana away. They have very good players in their team but when you also look at ours, you will see quality and depth.
“We have to go out there, play positive football, throw everything and get a result.
“If you look at the log surely, we cannot afford any slip-up. We are at a point where we have to win each game no matter how hard it looks starting from this one on Saturday.
“We have to play for each other, put in that extra and we will get the result that we are looking for.
“We don’t want to rely on the outcome of other matches which we don’t have control over in any way. We still have much control over our own destiny if you look at the matrix.
“We cannot afford to lose much more ground at the moment.
“We are ready for Ghana; every player is a professional and everyone knows the role he has to play for the team to get the result which we are looking for.”
By Abdul Karim Adamu Benin | www.sportyafrica.com