FIFA World Cup Revenge is for boxing, not football—Zimbabwe coach Mapeza

Zimbabwe stand-in coach Norman Mapeza has refused to be dragged into talk that his Warriors would be motivated by revenge when hosting Ghana’s Black Stars on Tuesday in a Group G World Cup qualifier.

You can only revenge in boxing not in football, so I cannot talk of revenge. We will play Ghana on Tuesday and we will play to the best of our abilities and try to get a result and not about revenge now,” the former Chippa United mentor said on Saturday.

Mapezi said this in a post-match interview after the Warriors’ 3-1 loss to the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana on Saturday, with the reverse fixture scheduled for Harare on Tuesday.

Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey and Andre Ayew scored for the hosts with Knowledge Musona grabbing the consolation for the visitors whose World Cup qualifying campaign hangs by a thread.

Mapeza replaced Zdravko Logarusic under whose watch Zimbabwe drew 0-0 at home with South Africa then lost 1-0 away in Ethiopia in Group G.

The Warriors have a paltry one point from three games and anchor the group which South Africa’s Bafana Bafana lead on seven points followed by Ghana, placed second, with six points.

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