Warriors stun Chipolopolo to qualify for Chan

NDOLA - Zimbabwe qualified for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) after a sensational second leg 1-0 victory over Zambia at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

FC Platinum midfielder Charles Sibanda scored the all-important goal on 63 minutes to silence the noisy 20 000 crowd in the Copperbelt.

JUBILATION: Zimbabwe players sing and dance in the changing room after defeating Zambia on Saturday. Picture: Regis Tsikai

To put the Warriors’ achievement into perspective, this was the first time Chipolopolo had lost at this venue after nine matches since May 2012.

Zimbabwe put up a solid performance and executed a smash-and-grab mission to qualify for their third Chan finals.

The victorious coach Ian Gorowa paid tribute to his players, especially to central midfielders Danny Phiri of Chicken Inn and Dynamos’ Devon Chafa for restricting the Zambians.

“I thought they (defence) did very well, especially Partson (Jaure). He was outstanding, in my opinion, but what I think really helped us today was the midfield,” said Gorowa after the match.

“Our two central midfielders who were sitting in front of the back four did well to protect the defence.

“Generally, our focus was to defend because we were playing away from home. Zambia were always going to attack us from the first whistle and we had to slow them down.”

Although Chipolopolo enjoyed most of the possession in the first half, they found an unyielding Zimbabwe defence, led by captain Jaure and Eric Chipeta.

The normally elusive Bruce Musakanya and Alex N’gonga were restricted every time they tried to work their magic in the Zimbabwe third.

On the few occasions Chipolopolo were able to break the Zimbabwean lines they found a stumbling block in George Chigova.

The Dynamos goalkeeper first denied Bornwell Mwape with a fine save at his near post after 15 minutes.

Chigova also came to Zimbabwe’s rescue five minutes before halftime when he rushed off his line to smoother N’gonga, who had been teed up inside the box by Mwape.

Although Zimbabwe was doing well to thwart the danger from the Zambians, going forward they were not as fluent.

Chipolopolo goalkeeper Danny Manyau only made one save in the first half, going down to collect Devon Chafa’s free kick from outside the box.

After the break, the same trend continued with the home side enjoying all the possession but they still failed to penetrate the Warriors’ defence.

Chipolopolo were made to rue all that unproductive possession when Nelson Maziwisa robbed captain Bronson Chama in his own half.

Maziwisa spotted the run of Platinum teammate Sibanda before sending in a perfectly weighted cross.

Sibanda finished with aplomb, beating Manyau with the outside of his left boot to completely silence the home crowd.

The Zambians brought some urgency into their play after conceding but they were once again restricted by the disciplined visitors’ defence.

Zimbabwe had chances to kill off the tie when on two occasions on the counter Masimba Mambare and Milton Ncube found themselves in good positions.

The two Highlanders players wasted both chances to ensure more anxious moments in the dying stages of the match.

Chipolopolo, however, failed to find an equaliser and succumbed to their first defeat at this newly commissioned stadium.

Zambia: Danny Manyau, Bronson Chama, Christopher Munthali, Fackson Banda, Jimmy Mulilo (Kabaso Chongo, 66min) Thomas Nyirenda, Rodrick Kabwe, Alex N’gonga, Bruce Musakanya, Festus Mbewe (Moses Phiri, 45min), Bornwell Mwape (Evans Kangwa, 73min).

Zimbabwe: George Chigova, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Milton Ncube, Partson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Devon Chafa, Danny Phiri, Ali Sadiki (Masimba Mambare, 58min), Donald Ngoma (Felix Chindungwe, 88min), Nelson Maziwisa, Charles Sibanda (Tawanda Muparati,79min).

Comments (10)

Well done our beloved Warriors!!!!!!!!!!

Kudakwashe - 25 August 2013

our zim soccer is ok, if politics doesn't appear or prevail within players and team managers. Regai vanorigona vatambe nevanogona kucoacher vaite basa ravo. topavo maplayers mari yavo kuti vatambe vakasununguka. uye kutivo mhuri dzavo dzirarame.

valo - 25 August 2013

well done mawarriors u did the nation proud

zimba for life - 25 August 2013

the nation owes you maWarriors

badboy - 26 August 2013

Advice to the Coaching staff, never let supporters dectate your choice of substitution especially those from the Vietnam Stand in Rufaro Stadium. You see, had you put in Charles Sibanda on the first leg Zimbabwe might have scored.(ii) The Highlanders trio if not monitored are very wasteful especially Peter.

Hlongwane Spinach - 26 August 2013

@ vADA WAKUNDIMARA MANJE THIS POST YANYANYA PLIZ SPORT IS A TOOL OF MOTIVATION AND INVITES PATRIOTISM. eg S.A ruby world cup, soccer world cup, their nation is at its zest because they felt the glow.iwe woty siyananai nazvo devient nxaa

MHIRIZHONGA - 26 August 2013

congratulations mawarriors for a job well done. To Dibango i say u proved yo critics wrong. Go ahead and use the same guys in south africa, the local guys have proved their mettle. all in all u hav done the nation proud lets go and bring the afcon cup home.

kriss - 26 August 2013

seriously dailynews...nhau dzakashisha idzi. check your time

wonderboy - 28 August 2013

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