Another goalless draw for Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN - For the second match in succession Zimbabwe were left frustrated as they played to yet another goalless draw.

The Warriors were held by a stubborn Ugandan side in their Championship of African Nations (Chan) Group B encounter at the Athlone Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

BATTLING HARD: Zimbabwe forward Donald Ngoma, right, fights for possession with Uganda midfielder Ivan Ntege in yesterday’s Chan encounter. Picture:

Zimbabwe had played to a 0-0 draw against Morocco on Sunday afternoon at the same venue and will be worried with their toothless strike force.

The match started off with both sides equally seeing a lot of the ball but lacked creativity and killer instincts in the last third of the field. Ian Gorowa’s men had the better of the exchanges in the first stanza.

The opening goal of the match should have been in the 20th minute when Ali Sadiki was denied at close range by Ugandan keeper Benjamin Ochan. The midfielder’s diving header was well saved by a well-positioned Ochan.

In the 35th minute the Warriors attacked the Cranes defence when Ncube provided a quality cross from the left flank which found the intended target of Sadiki but the midfielder could only direct his header wide of goal with the keeper at his mercy.

With the first drawing to a close, the Southern African nation had their best chance at going 1-0 up when Simba Sithole skilfully forced his way into the Uganda from the right flank, beat defender Richard Kassanga and unexpectedly forced a save from Ochan who dived to his near post to stop a stinging right footed low shot.

Zimbabwe had two glorious chances to sneak ahead just after the hour mark and Mahachi was the architect of both. His mishit cross hit the crossbar and the ball fell onto the path of Nelson Mazivisa followed up with a low shot but again Ochan made a low save to deny the Zimbabweans.

Three minutes later Mahachi set up Sithole with a peach of a cross but the striker headed wide from six-yards out on goal with the keeper at his mercy.

Mahachi was proving to be a thorn to the Ugandan defenders and set up yet another opportunity in the 74th minute with a cross and an unmarked Charles Sibanda headed horribly wide of goal.

The Zimbabweans will certainly be unhappy with this point after dominating their second match in succession but with no maximum points gained while the Cranes will be satisfied with a draw after a win in their opening match of the tournament. - SuperSport


Zimbabwe: Chigova; Jaure, Ncube, Chipeta, Zvirekwi; Phiri, Muparati, Mahachi, Ngoma (Maziwisa 54’), Sadiki (Sibanda 52’); Sithole (Mambare 80’)

Uganda: Ochan; Kassaga, Iguma, Kabugo, Muleme; Ntege, Wasswa, Majwega (Mpande 46’) Ntambi (Wadada 68’); Sentamu, Olaki (Okwil 82’)

Comments (9)

Gorowamos haihwine chinhu iyo. Blatant favouritism yauraya team.

True Kepekepe - 17 January 2014

the blmae must go the coach who chose to select Dynamos players rather than a national team. in all fairness how can you keep Peter RIO on the bench when the mid was so dead. lets have fairness in selection of players not chibhururu. Ma Players theey are not always the best

mqondisi - 17 January 2014

ian u are not serious , you play simba ,muparati, coz they are dembare only . your assistatant klisto muchenjerere ,he is trying his caf players ,kling our national team.ha zvino bhowa mhani .

chiuswa - 17 January 2014

ian u are not serious , you play simba ,muparati, coz they are dembare only . your assistatant klisto muchenjerere ,he is trying his caf players ,kling our national team.ha zvino bhowa mhani .

chiuswa - 17 January 2014

its was all clear from the first day that team which was to play for us in this chan was dynamos in training for the caf champion's league. anyway lets wish them the best because we the good supporters will never be jeolous

zim - 17 January 2014

Highlanders and Harare City finished the season on the same number of points as Dynamos but their players are absent why? Soccer needs a long term plan with the same coach not the ad hoc way in which we are hiring and firing coaches. I wish we could turn back the years to the Dream Team. We miss that team, we miss the excitement and euphoric moments, the smiles and fond memories it brought in our heart. May the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob bless those players and officials living or those who has gone before us. Its was a team

Shaibu - 17 January 2014

Taizadza nhandare kuchitamba Highlanders ichinzi i squad, vamwe ve Bosso vaitorwa from retirement na Fabish wani. Mambare aive Bosso, Ncube aive ari Buffalo, vakazouya ku DeMbare vatove mu squad saka maida vaitwe drop. Muparati is soccer star of the year. hatisisina ma gun men vakomana hazvisi zvekuti Dembare kana Rio izvi what was the highest score in 38 games played in the league 14 just imagine vamwe vachigowesa a n average of a a goal a game.

Maita Manyuka - 17 January 2014

no harare city players????. well dont worry its just a dynamos team . let them lose

corrupt - 17 January 2014

vainyanya kutaurisa before the match. hee optimistic, hee warns Uganda. Asi maifunga kuti munenge muchirova vasingarwise here?

Jore - 17 January 2014

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