Tunisia will be hoping to pack their second successive Group B match when they face Zimbabwe in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday at the Stade de L’Amitie in Gabon.
The Carthage Eagles are aware that a triumph for them could change their fortunes as far as the knockout stage qualification is concerned.
Having lost their opening match to Senegal, they managed to bounce back to beat the Desert warriors 2-1 in their second tie last Thursday.
They now sit at No 2 in the group with three points, but their mission to reach the knockout stages is not over as they face a challenging task against the Warriors.
Although this will be the second match between the two nations, both countries will be targeting a win as the 1998 clash ended in a 1-1 draw.
They sat together as a team and I kept on moving the players knowing that as the tournament proceed they will gain more confidence.
It was not an easy game because their opponents were also working hard to get a win, but they realized that they could beat them in the first 20 minutes.
Looking at the Southern Africans, coach Kalisto Pasuwa and his men will be fighting for their first win in the tournament.
The Warriors are facing an early exit and are under pressure to register a win as they cover up their group stage campaign.
Looking at their last two outings, they drew 2-2 against the Desert Warriors and succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Senegal on Thursday.
Strikers Khama Billiat and Nyasha Mushekwi are some of the players expected to be a threat for the North African cover.
They lost it during that early period against Senegal, where they were caught cold,” Pasuwa said.
They improved as the game progressed, but it was difficult to recover playing such a team. It is a lesson learned for us, but the good part is we are still in it, it’s not yet over.
They have to fight against Tunisia and they know a prevail can take us through. The boys were chickening away from receiving the ball in the middle of the park and it’s one area that we need to work on.