The hosts should undermine Zimbabwe at their own peril – Tembo

With the six groups for the expanded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) mapped out, the continent now awaits the thrills and spills of the biennial showpiece with bated breath. Zimbabwe will square off against a Mohamed Salah-inspired hosting nation Egypt in the opening match at the Cairo International Stadium on the 21st ofJune. The Warriors will face DRC and Uganda as well and Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo sends a stern message to the host nation. The Warriors last faced the Pharaohs at their debut AFCON finals 15 years ago, in their first game at the 2004 edition in Tunisia, which they lost 2-1 despite taking an early lead from Peter Ndlovu. Though believing Group A is by far the toughest tie, Tembo remains confident the current generation of his native Zimbabwe have the quality and hunger to progress to the next round. Tembo, a legend with over 50 caps is equally confident of Bafana Bafana’s chances in Group D. Meanwhile Polokwane City goalminder George Chigova who denied Tembo’s Matsatsantsa a victory with his stellar perfomaces recently, says they are not going to add numbers in Egpyt. Though ranked the lowest in Group A, Zimbabwe have shown incredible strides over the last few years, making the 2019 edition their first back to back AFCON apprearances. Zimbabwe has 14 players plying their trade in the PSL and Chigova says the competition amongst themselves is a fierce one.