Zim retain Defence Forces Cup

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) team retained the Defence Forces Cup after edging 10-man Tanzania Defence Forces 1-0 at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

The match started on a high note with ZDF looking for an early goal and the home side found the opener after 12 minutes through forward Raymond Maziwa.

The Cranborne Bullets striker beat the Tanzania goalkeeper with a long range shot from outside the box.

ZDF could have won the match by a wider margin but Black Rhinos forward Trust Torovasei missed a number of glorious opportunities especially in the first half.

In one instance, Torovasei headed over the bar when he faced an empty net.

Black Rhinos midfielder Walter Masenda was also guilty of over-elaboration as he also wasted two glorious chances.

In the second it was a different game altogether as the Tanzanians emerged from the break a much better side.

For many periods ZDF were under pressure from the Tanzanians who pushed hard for the equaliser but found a stumbling block in Buffaloes goalkeeper Hope Bere, who made a number of telling saves.

The home side could have wrapped up the match after catching the Tanzanians on the counter but the ZDF forwards fluffed their lines.

Torovasei had a glorious chance to get on the score sheet but had his 86th minute penalty saved by the Tanzanian goalkeeper.

Zimbabwe’s Courage Muzere had a goal ruled out for offside in added time but Maziwa’s goal was enough for the home side to win the trophy.

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