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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 15:32 GMT
Marimo considers his future
By Martin Davies
BBC Sport, Sousse

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Marimo
Marimo is considering his future

Sunday Marimo is considering his future as coach of Zimbabwe because he says he is under too much pressure.

Marimo revealed his vews shortly after the Warriors' maiden Cup of Nations ended with a 2-1 win over Algeria.

Zimbabwe's first-ever victory wasn't enough to see the side through to the quarter-finals however, following earlier defeats to Group C rivals Egypt and Cameroon.

"If the situation remains the same, I'll have to quit," Marimo told BBC Sport.

"There is too much criticism, we are new to this competition and people were expecting us to bring the trophy home, which is practically impossible.

"I'll make a decision when I get home, but there is too much pressure from the general public, the media and the fans, who know nothing about football.

"I wouldn't like to continue under these circumstances."

I hope the players can carry on from where we left off
Sunday Marimo

Yet the coach was understandably happy with his side's performance on Zimbabwe's Nations Cup bow.

Not only did the Warriors win a game in their first finals, they also found the back of the net on six occasions.

"We scored three goals against Cameroon and I think that shows that we can score against any other side in Africa," Marimo explained.

"Our team is not that bad and only lacks a bit of experience, which is basically why we are here."

"We will improve with each game."

And Marimo feels that the Warriors have greatly benefited from their time in Tunisia.

"We have learnt a lot from watching other games and our opponents," he added.

"The main thing I wanted was for our players to get more international experience.

"I think the team suffered from stage fright during the first two games, but we got over that against Algeria and we played with confidence.

"I hope the players can carry on from where we left off. There are the World Cup qualifiers to come and I hope they do well."

Zimbabwe have been drawn in a group with Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Gabon and Rwanda for the joint 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers.




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