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D-Day For Zimbabwe 04/10/03
Sunday is a D-day for the Zimbabwe national soccer team when they take on Malawi in the Cosafa Castle Cup.

It's not just a cup final for the cash-strapped Zimbabwean Warriors. as they need the winners cheque in order to help their preparations for the African Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia 2004.

Zimbabwe is so desperate to win, having called-up Bush Bucks player Duminasi Mpofu, even though he has not played any games for his club this season.

Peter Ndlovu, the Zimbabwean skipper, is also expected to play on Sunday after featuring for Sheffield United against Sunderland at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

"Peter is my tramp card and the whole country is waiting for him on Sunday," Zimbabwe coach Sunday Marimo. "He promised me that he will fly here after his club match, he have played a huge part in the current success of the Warriors."

Alan Gillett, the Malawi coach, is under pressure to win to avoid being harassed by the Malawi supporters when the team gets back home. He knows that to lose again against Zimbabwe may spell the end of his reign. When the two side met last Sunday in Malawi, the supporters turned violent after Malawi lost 2-1.

"We need a win because what happened in Malawi can look like child play if we lost, our supporters think that Zimbabwe can not lose to Malawi but what ever happen we need to teach the fans that it is only a soccer game, some wins and so loses and at this age and time football does not need violence," Dumisani Mpofu, the stand-in captain for the Warriors was sharing his thoughts with SASoccer365.com.

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