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In the meantime, the Lions of Teranga go in search of continental supremacy and will be looking to make a statement of intent in their opening fixture.
Standing in the way is an opposing side who have lost each of the three previous meetings between the teams by a combined score of 5-1.
The west Africans follows up Monday’s game with a clash versus Guinea in matchday two before rounding off the group stage against Malawi.
Off the back of 12 games without a victory, the start of the AFCON could not have come at a worse time for Zimbabwe.
However, Norman Mapeza did see his side play out a goalless draw versus Sudan on Sunday when they picked up their first clean sheet in six outings.
The Warriors now prepare for a baptism of fire against one of the competition’s favourites as they aim to avoid a third consecutive group-stage exit.
Both of the previous two tournaments kicked off on a losing note for the southern Africans who will need to be near-perfect to stand any chance of avoiding defeat in this one.