Hadebe bullish

Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter

WARRIORS defender Teenage Hadebe is confident of progressing to the final round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwe are in Group G with neighbours South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana.

The ten group winners will progress to the third and final round, which will feature five two-legged play-off ties.

The five winners of these play-offs qualify for Qatar 2022.


“It’s a tough draw in indeed. I’ll take it as a group of death but I believe that we’ll pull through.

“But a draw is a draw we just have to brace up for what we have,” said Hadebe.

The Turkey-based defender believes they have the capacity to match their opponents.

“Of course we are playing against very good teams with good players.

“I have seen Ghana qualifying several times for previous World Cups.

“And some might say Ghana or so and so team is better than us or above us but we will play them with confidence, “he said.

The Yeni Malatyaspor player said they have to be positive in every game and not see themselves as minnows.

“The Ghana game is going to be difficult, they have many quality players and they have played at the World Cup finals before. We have to respect South Africa as well. I’m sure all three games are going to be tough but I have confidence in each game,” he said.

“All the three games are going to be difficult so I can’t really say we are going to lose or draw but all I can say is that we are going to try our best in every single game.

“Football is evolving there are no longer small teams, the team which you call small might surprise and we are not minnows, “he said.


He added:

“Like I said it’s going to be difficult but we have to focus on ourselves and hopefully come out victorious.

“I think we have a good squad. I have always said that I have full of confidence in my teammates.

“We have a 100 percent chance of qualifying, we’ve never qualified before and I think this is our chance to finally achieve that goal.”