Zimbabwe interim coach Sunday Chidzambwa would not take things for granted as they lock horns with Seychelles in their last Group B match at the Cosafa Castle Cup tonight at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The Warriors are on top of Group B on four points, level with Madagascar who occupy the second position with an inferior goal difference.
Seychelles have been the punching bags in Group B after losing 2-0 against Madagascar and then 2-1 to Mozambique.
“We know that tonight it’s going to be a difficult match for us, regardless of the fact that we beat them before in other competitions and the fact that they have been punching bags in the group,” Chidzambwa said.
“They will surely play with pride and I don’t see them giving up the match or ‘donating’ points to us on a silver platter.
“At the end of the day, you have got to be at your best and win the match. It can be a small margin, we have to make sure we get everything absolutely right on the night to make sure we secure a win and secure a top finish.”
Zimbabwe have an unbeaten record in previous meetings with Seychelles in both COSAFA and CHAN competitions. Last year they triumphed 5-0 in their final pool match.
“In football, regardless of whether you won or not last year, you need to continue to evolve and constantly push yourself to improve and stay ahead of your opponents. Hopefully, we will manage to do that,” he said.
In the other Group B match, Madagascar will be fighting for a win against Mozambique, whilst the latter are also hopeful of collecting another set of maximum points.
Zimbabwe have already lost exciting winger Leeroy Mavunga, who left for Portugal on Thursday, where he will attend trials with Benfica.
They will also be missing the services of right-back James Mukombwe, who sustained a hamstring injury in their goalless draw against Madagascar.