Eddie Chikamhi Harare Bureau
MIDFIELDER Joel Ngodzo, who was part of the largely unsuccessful campaign at the 2011 African Nations Championships finals, believes the Warriors have had a better support during their preparation this time around and should stand a good chance to bring back silverware on their fourth successive attempt in Rwanda.
Ngodzo is among the 27 players preparing for the tournament that is exclusively designed for locally based players.
He was also part of the side that was led by Madinda Ndlovu in Sudan five years ago.
Ngodzo has been pushing for a second dance at the tournament following a late surge in form with Premiership giants CAPS United.
The former Highlanders and FC Platinum star yesterday said there are marked differences in their approach to business compared to the last time when he was with the Warriors ahead of the second edition of the CHAN tournament.
Then Madinda Ndlovu coached Warriors experienced one of their worst build-ups as they struggled from Day One when being booked into a sub-standard city lodge while they battled to get any allowances.
Five years down the road Ngodzo, a talented winger who has never really reached the kind of peak that his potential shows, is back in the Warriors colours and has found things having changed for the better.
Although not perfect, Ngodzo said the players are happy with the camping facilities and motivated with the support they are getting from the association and even the Ministry of Sport and Recreation.
The Warriors camp suffered a major blow during the second week when the technical team was temporarily fired and the camp dissolved.
But normalcy has since returned and morale has been high in the last two weeks. The team was yesterday hosted for lunch by Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa at Monomotapa Crown Plaza where Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane was guest of honour.