Friday, April 23

Afcon: Could evolved Zimbabwe be Africa Cup of Nations dark horses?

The Warriors have a tough first-round draw, but have the quality to reach the latter stages

Zimbabwe may well feel that, with the possible exception of Namibia, they received the hardest Africa Cup of Nations group-stage draw when the pots were revealed in Cairo on April 12.

Admittedly, they don’t have quite as tough an assignment as the Brave Warriors, who have been pitted alongside Morocco, the Ivory Coast and South Africa, but the southern Africans still have their work cut out to progress.

Indeed, according to the four pots as organised ahead of the draw, Zimbabwe’s Group A opponents the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda were the first and second highest ranked teams in Pots Two and Three respectively.

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