Home win eludes Warriors

HARARE – Zimbabwe national football team ended their failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on disappointing note after they were held 1-1at Rufaro Stadium by Mozambique on Sunday.

The result saw the Warriors assuming the unwanted tag of having failed to win a single match in their entire campaign in Group G.

The Warriors finished bottom of Group G with only two points while Mozambique are third with three points.

First under Rahman Gumbo, the Warriors lost 1-0 at home to Guinea before going to Maputo where they played out a 0-0 draw with the Mambas.

German coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels took over the side and presided over the back-to-back losses over Egypt and the 1-0 loss to Guinea in Conakry.

Ian Gorowa then assumed the reins but he too could not provide the winning formula.

This was Gorowa's third home game and like the previous two matches, it ended in a draw.

Egypt, who play against Guinea tomorrow, have already won the group with 15 points while the Slyi Nationale are second with nine points. 

Gorowa’s charges started the match brightly after Masimba Mambare’s first half goal before withering away in the final quarter of the match.

And Mambas second half substitute Manuel Fernades dually punished the hosts with an equaliser in the 68th minute to ensure the Mambas left Harare with a point.

The first half was an open ended affair that saw both sides expressing themselves in midfield with some patient build ups.

The hosts were first to test the Mambas defence through Mambare’s 4th minute shot that whisked over the cross bar after he was teed up by impressive Chicken Inn winger Kuda Mahachi.

Mozambique to their credit, refused to bow down with Josimah Machaisse and Diago Alberto taking the game to their hosts with some sporadic attacks.

But Zimbabwe remained on the front foot and Tawanda Muparati should have done better in the 29th minute but failed to pick the run of Mahachi, who was better positioned, choosing to shoot from distance.

The shot did little to trouble Mambas goalie Soares Soares.

Mozambique had their first real chance just after the half hour mark.

Machaisse found Diago Alberto in space before the later let loose a cracker outside the box that was tipped over the bar by Zimbabwe’s George Chigova.

The Warriors finally broke the deadlock four minutes before half time through captain Mambare.

Muparati set up the goal after he had gone on a solo run that saw him wrong footing Mambas centre back Dario Khan leaving himself on a one-on-one with Soares.

The Dynamos midfielder first attempt was blocked by the on rushing Soares but Muparati’s rattled the upright with the rebound before the ball fell kindly for Mambare.

The Warriors’ captain rattled the net with a rising shot from close range.

Mahachi impressive on the left wing all afternoon but at times guilty of over-elaboration caused some anxious moments for the visitors.

Spurred by the deficit, the Mambas returned from the break more purposeful.

Although at first they found the Warriors back four unyielding they would later break the Zimbabwean lines in the 68th minute through Fernades on the counter.

Chigova had been forced off line as he tried to close down Machaisse, who had made good use of a counter attack.

Machaisse’s strike was blocked by defender Eric Chipeta into the path of Fernades.

Fernades strike at the edge of the box sailed into the net despite attempts by Chipeta and Partson Jaure to block it.

That goal breathed life into the visitors who begun to dictate the pace in midfield.

And seven minutes later the Mambas again caught the Zimbabwe defence at sea but Elias Pelembe’s final touch was a disappointing one.

The Mambas had another opportunity to drive the dagger into the hearts of the Zimbabwean fans in the 79th minute but Sinamunda’s effort from close range went over the bar.

Stelio Ernesto also had his shot saved by Chigova as the Mambas finished the match on a high note.

Teams

Zimbabwe: George Chigova, Partson Jaure, Kuda Mahachi, Peter Moyo (Hardlife Zvirekwi 62 min), Oscar Machapa, Willard Katsande, Nelson Maziwisa, Eric Chipeta, Tawanda Muparati (Charles Sibanda 68 min), Bruce Kangwa, Masimba Mambare (Donald Ngoma 63min).

Mozambique: Francisco Mioche, Guiherme Manhique, Apson Manjate (Sinamunda 46min),Soares Soares, Almiro Jobo, Stelio Ernesto, Josimah Machaisse, Elias Pelembe, Joao Mazive (Seddan Guambe 57min),Diago Alberto, Dario Khan.

Comments (1)

So coaches if not preforming can be changed like African presidents?

mutape - 10 September 2013

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