Mambare steers Warriors into Chan quarterfinals

CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwe’s football team on Monday night gave the nation a rare dose of good news after the Warriors qualified for the knockout stages of the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) after a remarkable 1-0 win over Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

Masimba Mambare scored the all-important goal for the Warriors after 57 minutes when he headed home Milton Ncube’s cross from the left.

NO WAY THROUGH: Burkina Faso defenders combine to block Zimbabwe forward Simba Sithole, centre, from getting the ball during Monday night's match. Picture: cafonline.com

It was the first goal the Warriors have scored at the tournament after two goalless draws against Morocco and Uganda.

The win took the Warriors final points tally to five and ensured that they finished second in Group B to Morocco, who beat Uganda 3-1.

Ian Gorowa’s men will now meet Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Cape Town while Morocco have booked a date with Nigeria.

The match kicked off at a slow pace with both sides taking a cautious approach, well aware that a place in the last eight of the competition was at stake.

The Warriors first real chance came in the sixth minute after Kuda Mahachi was brought down outside of the box by Alassane To.

Masimba Mambare took responsibility of the set piece and his effort caused all sorts of problems for the Stallions defence.

After a goalmouth melee, the rebound fell to Mambare, who unleashed a shot from outside the box that was saved by Burkina Faso goalie Mohamed Kabore.

The Stallions looked dangerous ever time they went on the attack with the fast Bassirou Ouedraogo keeping Partson Jaure and Eric Chipeta busy.

Ouedraogo should have given the Stallions the lead in the 24th minute when he got to the end of a cut back from Aboubacar Traore.

The Burkina Faso Faso forward, however, shot wide from close range.

Chances continued to be hard to come by for both sides as the half progressed.

Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova was then called to make a save four minutes from the break when he dived to his right to bloke Alassane Sango’s free kick.

Moments later, Jaure almost beat his own goalkeeper when he headed Eric Traore’s cross from the right for a corner. 

How Mine forward Simba Sithole, who was starting his first game for the tournament, almost gave the Warriors in added time of the first half when his looping header was tipped for a corner by Kabore.

Zimbabwe took the lead shortly after the halftime break through Mambare, who was also starting his first game of the tournament, when he headed in a cross from Ncube.

Stallions goalkeeper kabore gambled when he rushed off his line intending to cut Ncube’s cross but Mambare got his head first to the ball.

The Warriors should have increased the lead in the 60th minute but man-of-the-match Peter Moyo blazed his effort over the bar from inside the box.

Ten minutes from time Moyo wasted another chance to make the score safe for the Warriors when he shot over the bar from close range.

Teams

Zimbabw: George Chigova, Partson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Milton Ncube, Danny Phiri, Peter Moyo (Oscar Machapa 92 min), Masimba Mambare, Kuda Mahachi, Charles Sibanda (Tawanda Muparati 71 min), Simba Sithole (Simbarashe Sithole 59 min)

Burkina Faso: Mohamed Kabore, Issa Gouo, Issoufou Dayo, M’bah Kone, Alassane Sango,, Aboubacar Traore, Winkome Zoungrana, Youssouf Kabore, Elisse To, Eric Traore, Bassirou Ouedraogo

Comments (4)

congz gorowa and troops yu did the nation a pride thus great of yu kip it up agaist mali we nid to improve hats off to mambare the dembare son

g marondo - 21 January 2014

Go warriors go!!!,now u have mastered the scoring technics, nothings stops U to beat any team up to the finals!

Chaitichouya Chikopokopo - 21 January 2014

Warriors u did us proud.go and take Mali nothing can stop us.l know we will reach the finals

tendai chibuda - 21 January 2014

yaaa thanx warriors, chigova clean sheet.

babyt - 22 January 2014

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