JOEY ANTIPAS says Zimbabwe is not desperate to score against Lesotho and his Warriors will not attack the Crocodiles “like Red Indians’’ when the two nations clash in a decisive African Nations Championships qualifier at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru this afternoon.
Kickoff is 3pm.
The Warriors carry a 3-1 lead from the first leg and will qualify for a fifth CHAN finals appearance if they win, draw or lose by a one-goal margin.
Antipas, who is yet to lose a game in this campaign, has been telling his boys to keep it cool as he smells another milestone in his otherwise respectable coaching career.
“We are not desperate to go out there and score. We only need to contain them, manage the game and keep them at bay.
“The main thing is to qualify because you can win the game and qualify, you could lose the game and qualify, you could also draw the game and still qualify,” said Antipas.
“When you are playing away from home, you cannot go and attack like Red Indians willy-nilly. lf you do that you are exposing yourselves.”
The Warriors arrived safely in Maseru and had a feel of the artificial surface at the match venue yesterday afternoon.
For Antipas, game management will be key. “One thing we want to do is contain them, try and manage the game. But it is not a defensive approach, it is more of a counter-attacking approach. “If we can contain them and hit them on the break, it will be good because we have got a couple of speedy guys who are more effective on the break,” said Antipas, who has once again given Dynamos’ inform keeper Simba Chinani the nod ahead of the seasoned Ariel Sibanda of Highlanders.
“Lesotho are a very dangerous team at home so, we have to be on our toes, we cannot afford to be complacent, because complacency kills.
“We need to be 100 percent focused and 100 percent fit. Once we have all those then we are good to go.”
The Chicken Inn gaffer has been travelling a lot between his base in Bulawayo and Harare as he tries to balance both club and national duty.State media