THREE things we learnt about the Warriors from their final Afcon warm-up game

Zimbabwe secured a battling draw against Cameroon in their final warm-up game for the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off this weekend in Gabon.

To read about that match, click here.

But what did we learn about the boys from this match? Here are three things:

  1. They have a strong defence. For long periods the Warriors had to withstand incredible waves of attack from the Indomitable Lions and a defence marshalled by Costa Nhamoinesu with Tatenda Mukuruva (particularly in the second half) decisive in goal will be hard to beat. Faced with Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez when they face Senegal and Algeria respectively, they will need more of the same resolve to stay in games. The worry will be the rash challenges especially from defensive lynchpin and captain Willard Katsande
  2. They look good when they attack. This is probably collectively the most talented forward line Zimbabwe has had, capable of fluid play and an ability to carve out chances. The conversion is an issue which defeats the purpose but they know how to run into the right channels, create spaces and getting into the right areas to remain dangerous.
  3. They lose possession too easily. This is especially true when they are under pressure meaning that if Zimbabwe lose possession on a break from deep in their own half, this will be in their own half meaning no respitre for