MARSHAL Munetsi made headlines when he made his move from Orlando Pirates to French Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.
Munetsi joined Reims on a four-year deal in June after spending three seasons in the Absa Premiership with Pirates and Baroka.
He has stamped authority and that has seen him playing regularly at his new home.
The 23-year-old is also part of Coach Joey Antipas’s 32-man squad that will face Botswana and Zambia in the AFCON 2021 qualifiers.
H-Metro Sports Reporter BLESSING MALINGANIZA (BM) spoke to Marshal Munetsi (MM) ahead of the Warriors back-to-back encounters. Read on . . .
BM: You’re playing two games in four days and traveling for the second game, does this not disadvantage the Warriors?
MM: l think we have been playing these kind of games. We don’t really have time to rest or prepare. And we have managed to pull through so it’s also about our mental strength and physically strength too.
BM: The team hasn’t been together for a while, do you think there is enough time to jell?
MM: We know each other very well and that’s more important even if we haven’t had time to play together since June. Some were together for the game against Somalia.
BM: Double headers also mean you will be in camp for long, is this an advantage?
MM: Yes, it’s an advantage to us so that the coach can prepare little bit for both matches as it will be very close to each other. Both Botswana and Zambia are strong these days so they are very important matches for us as we would want to qualify for the finals.
BM: How do you feel about the new faces in the squad?
MM: Most of them we have met each other and played together. In football we all know what we have to do when it comes to representing the country. We need to win one game at a time and it’s a squad that is balanced with young players and experienced players
BM: How do you compare games in Africa and Europe, having played against Neymar?
MM: Football is the same it’s all about being confident and believing in your ability and your team and l believe we have that with the Warriors also.
BM: What are the advantages of playing in Europe?
MM: The exposure, you get to meet players and best coaches in the world with different game models and that helps you to be a better player. There are also good football facilities.
BM: What do you wish to bring to the team?
MM: It’s all about the team making sure we win our matches and give the country something to be happy about as football unites the world.
BM: How do you see your chances of qualifying?
MM: It’s a group that has the African champions and it also has Zambia who won it before and Botswana looking to qualify too so it a very big task for us and we have to be ready for tough matches for us to qualify.
BM: With the exposure that you and Marvelous Nakamba have, do you think the complexion of the Warriors has changed?
MM: l think a lot has changed not only because of me and Nakamba but because of more Zimbabwean players getting opportunities in Europe even Hadebe and Kadewere have been doing some great work and great performances for their clubs so it’s good for the country.