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Zim Announce Starting XI For Do-Or-Die Qualifier

Zimbabwe were left embarrassed after Africa's lowest-ranked team recorded their first win in a Fifa World Cup qualifier in 35 years against them last week. They have now announced their starting XI for the do-or-die clash to overcome their shock first-leg defeat.

Read: Zim Announce New-Look Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

The Warriors went into the qualification play-offs as the highest-ranked side among the lower bracket of Africa's nations and were the clear favourites for their double-header against Somalia, who sit in 202nd position in the latest Fifa rankings.

However, Somalia secured their first win in over 10 years and their first win in qualifiers in 35 years thanks to an 86th minute goal by Anwar Sidai Shake on Thursday.

As a consequence, Zimbabwe interim coach Joey Antipas has called up some reinforcements, including Kaizer Chiefs' Khama Billiat, Amazulu's Ovidy Karuru and FC Platinum's Ian Samuel Nekati.

Meanwhile, Somalia were over the moon after upsetting Zim in the first leg despite having a team filled with amateur players such as Manchester-based driving instructor Mohamud Ali.

"The support has been amazing. We were trending on Twitter worldwide after the game," the defender, who plays in England's sixth tier, told the BBC.

"It's a giant-killing when you think about it. They were the highest-ranked team playing in the preliminary round and we were the lowest.

"Apparently the scenes back home are incredible, so if we do go back after the second leg the reception will be unbelievable.

"Now Zimbabwe know what we're about, they'll have to prepare differently for this game but we're in a strong position.

"We've made history but we're not done here. We know there's a lot more to come from us. So we'll go there and fancy ourselves."

Read: Official: African First Round Qualifiers For 2022 World Cup Announced

Zimbabwe will have to overcome the first-leg defeat when the two sides meet later on Tuesday in order to qualify for the group stage of African qualification for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Here is Zimbabwe's line-up for the do-or-die clash:

Elvis Chipezeze, Ian Nekati, Devine Lunga, Alec Mudimu, Teenage Hadebe, Marshall Munetsi, Ovidy Karuru, Khama Billiat, Evans Rusike, Kuda Mahachi, Clive Agusto

Do you think Zim can beat Somalia and qualify for the next round? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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