Warriors rout Malawi

HARARE - Zimbabwe got their 2015 African Nations Cup preparations off to a promising start with a convincing victory over Malawi at Kumuzu Stadium in an international friendly yesterday.

Blending local and South African-based players for the first time since reaching the semi-finals of the African Nations Championships in February, the Warriors were off to a perfect start when Peter Moyo hit the back of the net from close range in the 13th minute.

Despite Zimbabwe’s continued dominance, the Flames were back on level terms soon after the resumption through Atusaye Nyondo’s 49th minute strike.

Zimbabwe would regain their lead through Kuda Mahachi’s 53rd minute tap in before Milton Ncube opened the flood gates in the 70th minute, latching onto Kingston Nkhatha’s through ball before coolly finishing off.

Nkhatha would complete the rout three minutes later, getting to the end of a move started by Ali Sadiki in the middle of the park, who released Mahachi down the right flank.

Mahachi weaved his way past his marker, setting up Nkhatha, who scored at the second attempt.

Although Malawi is ranked way down the perking order at 155th in the world, Ian Gorowa will hope the big win will instil confidence ahead of the Afcon preliminary round of qualifiers, which begins in May.

Gorowa started the match with four South Africa-based players.  The Kaizer Chiefs duo of Knowledge Musona and Nkhatha led the attack.

Pretoria University goalkeeper Washington Arubi was given the nod while AmaZulu’s Carrington Nyadombo marshalled the defence.

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