Gorowa salutes his men

CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa has paid tribute to his players whom he says made a formidable journey to reach the semi-finals of the African Nations Championships (Chan) in South Africa.

The 2-1 quarter-finals win over Mali on Saturday night saw the Warriors progress to the last four of the continental tournament reserved for players plying their trade in the domestic leagues.

How Mine striker Simba Sithole and the slippery winger Kudakwashe Mahachi scored for the Warriors while Hamidou Sinayoko pulled one goal back for Mali late in the game.  

And having failed to go past the group stages in the previous two editions, it was something of an achievement for Gorowa’s men, who prior to their quarterfinal clash against Mali had not conceded a goal in their previous three group matches.

“It was a tough game. Mali were very aggressive but in the end I think we deserved to score maybe a little more goals. But I’m happy with the win,” Gorowa said after the match.

“Well done to the boys, I’m proud of them. I also thought we should not have conceded that goal. We wanted to keep our defence very intact but I am just happy we have progressed.

“It’s a knock out stage now. Whatever comes we have to take our chances,” added Gorowa.

Gorowa also praised the Warriors’ punishing defence for their outstanding performance. 

“The defence has been our strength going forward and also the goalkeeper George Chigova who made some fine saves. Mali tried to take command of the midfield, but we took our chances early in the game and we were happy to win,” noted Gorowa.

He also singled out holding midfielder Danny Phiri for praise, saying the Chicken Inn player was the key man doing most of the spade work in the defence.

Comments (4)

thanks gorowa and your boys for a job well done

wilson chipanga - 28 January 2014

goooooooooo gooooooooo wariors go

wilson chipanga - 28 January 2014

i am proud to be zmbabwean veduwee .at least the boys have proved that our country is full of talent that is maladminstered.

inini - 28 January 2014

l am very glad with the performance of Zimbabwe, thank you almighty God we have the Lion of Juda we are going all the way to the final.

Kelvin Stallin - 29 January 2014

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