By Blessing Malinganiza
Warriors defender Teenage Hadebe says he is not afraid of the Egyptian king, Mo Salah. Zimbabwe play their AFCON opener against hosts Egypt on June 21.
Warriors are in Group A together with Uganda and DR Congo.
Salah, who plays for English Premiership log leaders Liverpool is the reigning African footballer and is leading the Golden Boot race of the Premier League.
If Teenage is to be part of coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s first 11 on the opening night, it means that he will likely be marking the Egyptian king.
“I am sure it’s going to be a good test for us. As a player you always wish to play with the best.
“I can’t say that I am afraid of him though I think it’s going to be a good motivation for me and all of us.
“Playing against the best makes you grow as a player and up your game. It’s a good test,” he said.
Hadebe reckons that the Warriors are also the best in the game.
“We can just play our normal game and we mustn’t give them too much respect.
“I believe we are also one of the best. At the end of the day football is just the same regardless of the team you play for,” he said.
This is the fourth time Zimbabwe has qualified for AFCON and haven’t gone past group stages.
The Kaizer Chiefs star says his wish is to proceed to the next round.
“I wish to proceed to the next round and it will be great achievement for the country although it won’t be easy.
“Our chances look very good. It’s a fair group, we have a good chance to progress,” he said.
Zimbabwe lost to 2-1 to Egypt in their maiden Afcon appearance in 2004 and Hadebe believes tables will turn.
“Regarding our chances against all the teams we have been paired with, I think the draw is fair and we have a chance of winning.
“I can’t say which one we will beat or lose to especially losing I can’t say that because it’s going to be a demotivation.
“We are capable of winning all games on my point of view,” he said.
Warriors played DR Congo in their AFCON qualifier campaign winning 2-1 away and drew 1-1 at the National Sports Stadium.
“I can’t say that it’s to our advantage because every game is different. But at least we have one team we know and think we can work that in our favor.
“We are playing to win and we will make sure we do that,” he said. H-Metro