As AFCON 2017 underdogs Zimbabwe take on the talented Senegal team tonight, this cartoon hints on Zimbabwe’s hunger to win the game.
Gabon 2017 has seen an unprecedented interest in football in Africa this year, and even when football is Zimbabwe’s national sport, the collective aspirations of the SADC region rest with the Warriors as they are the only representative of Southern Africa in this tournament.
Zimbabwe’s national football team is nicknamed ‘the Warriors’ while Senegal is known as ‘the Lions of Teranga.’
In the illustration we have Zimbabwe captain Willard Katsande clad in the Zimbabwean flag to appear as a warrior while Senegal’s Sadio Mané represents his country as a lion.
Needless to say that the game of football is the winner this is event.
The caption “Warriors after lion’s Mané” is a play at the Senegalese surname and representation as a male lion. A male lion’s ‘hair’ is called a mane which works well with Sadio’s surname and role as a lion. Go Warriors, Go!
Five facts about the Senegal versus Zimbabwe match:
Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Senegal and Zimbabwe in Franceville Thursday (1900 GMT):1 — The only Cup of Nations game between the countries was won 2-0 by Senegal in Egypt 11 years ago thanks to second-half goals from Henri Camara and Issa Ba.
2 — Ba did not realise it at the time, but his 80th-minute strike proved crucial in the final group standings, giving Senegal a quarter-finals place ahead of Ghana on goal difference.
3 — Captain and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate of English Premier League club West Ham United is among 21 Europe-based Senegalese in the squad.4 — The exceptions are both goalkeepers — Pape Ndiaye lines up for local club Niarry Tally and Khadim Ndiaye for Horoya in neighbouring west African state Guinea.
5 — Only four of the Zimbabwe squad play for European clubs, including centre-back Costa Nhamoinesu from Czech Republic outfit Sparta Prague.