Gorowa proud of Warriors

CAPE TOWN - Ian Gorowa got the point he set his sights on against Morocco on Sunday but Zimbabwe’s new coach should have had even more satisfaction after his country’s first game at the African Nations Championship (Chan).

Gorowa, returning to the Mother City where he played and coached at Cape Town Spurs and Ajax Cape Town, had identified Morocco as the toughest opponent in the group and made it clear after Sunday’s goalless draw in the opening Group B match that his priority had been just not to lose.

But after Zimbabwe struck the woodwork once and squandered further gilt-edged chances, they will now be aware they overrated the Moroccans and that this was a match for the taking.

“We could have snatched it at the end but I’m proud of my boys,” insisted the former Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns coach. “This is a morale booster for us and so we can only get better.”

Group B has added interest for the locals because if South Africa finish in the top two Group A, then they will play one of the top two in the Group B in the quarterfinal in Cape Town.

Uganda are top after the first set of matches at the Athlone Stadium after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 and their next meeting with Zimbabwe tomorrow could decide the destiny of the group.

“We hope to build on our momentum,” added Gorowa. “The first game in the tournament will always come with nerves for the players but now that is out of the way, we can look forwards with confidence to meeting Uganda, which will be another tough match.

Morocco are certainly not the formidable force it was assumed they would be, even though their champion club Raja Casablanca last month made it all the way to the Club World Cup finals. – Supersport

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