COSAFA: Swaziland bent on re-writing history

12 Jun 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – Swaziland head coach Harries Bulunga is hoping to revive his team’s fortunes during the next fixture of the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA).
Swaziland has not managed to make it past the group stages in the last five Cosafa tournaments, despite being semi-finalists on three occasions prior to that.
During last year’s Cosafa Cup, the team secured a single victory against Lesotho by two goals, but a one-all draw against Madagascar and a one-nil defeat at the hands of Tanzania denied them progression from the group stages.
Speaking during a post-match media conference after their 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday, Bulunga confessed that they are racing against time to secure a win.
The two teams met in a Group A encounter - the first of the 2016 Cosafa tournament underway here.
“We lost a lot of possession against Zimbabwe, but I think both teams did well. When you play football you either win, lose or draw, and we tried to win but we got a draw. We will do better next time,” said Bulunga.
Meanwhile, the relatively composed and balanced Zimbabwe team is also far from achieving their set target of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament, head coach Kalisto Pasuwa reckons.
“It is make or break for us but we will make the necessary changes, and get a better result,” he said.
Team captain Danny Phiri, who plays for Chicken Inn in the top-flight Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League, stressed that a breakdown of communication and the inability to adapt to the fast-paced game will cost them a great deal in their next encounter, if not rectified.
“We started slow and lacked confidence and we conceded. We also gave away a lot of open spaces and the moment we had the ball and attempt to push it forward, we just lost it, but we need a lot of confidence going into the next match,” said Phiri.
Zimbabwe will face Seychelles on Wednesday whilst Swaziland has a gruelling task against Madagascar on Monday, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.