Southern region's Chan qualifiers reach climax

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Tadious Manyepo
ix teams from this region will throw the dice one more time this weekend for the right to be among the only three sides from this part of the continent to book places at the Chan finals in Cameroon in 2020.
The second leg fixtures are mouthwatering.

Of course, Zimbabwe hold the torch from the first instalment after they beat Lesotho 3-1 at home, Madagascar have it in their hands as they carry a 1-0 lead against Namibia while Zambia look very much in control after they posted a 1-0 win away over Eswatini in the first leg.
Three aggregate winners to emerge from these outings will represent Southern Africa at the biannual Chan tournament in Cameroon early next year.
Zimbabwe Warriors coach, Joey Antipas, whose team failed to qualify for the first time the last time out, this week strongly warned his charges to be cautious against the plucky Crocodiles.
He said the fact that Lesotho were able to score an away goal means they can score more in their own backyard.
"Look, Lesotho are a very powerful side. They were able to play with composure against us at the National Sports Stadium where we thought we were going to dominate them," said Antipas.
"But they gave us a huge scare in front of our vociferous crowd. They have what it takes to compete at the highest level of the game. You talk of technique, they are top notch, their movement is world class and even their execution can be everyone's envy. We are going there with an advantage and we need to be very careful if we are to retain that advantage.
"What we need is to qualify for the 2020 Chan finals. We need to do everything in our power, leave everything on the pitch and take it easy.
"We need to qualify for the Chan at all costs. This is one game we need to be wary of. Lesotho have improved in more ways than one. This is a big game for us and we need to be at our best. We are not going to be defending all the 90 minutes of the game but we will go an all-out attack. The best way to play football for results is by attacking. "
Zambia will be looking to finish off Eswatini after they outmuscled their opponents in Manzini the last time out.
Namibia, who qualified ahead of Zimbabwe two years ago, will on the other hand be hoping to overturn a 0-1 deficit which they carry against Madagascar.
The fact that they will be at home gives them belief that they will be able to nail a place for the second successive time.


Fixtures


Friday 18 October 2019
Lesotho v Zimbabwe
Zambia  v Eswatini
Saturday 19 October 2019
Namibia v Madagascar 

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