False start for Warriors

HARARE - Zimbabwe came unstuck in Dar es Salaam yesterday as their hopes of getting a positive start to their 2015 African Nations Cup campaign took a huge dent with a 1-0 defeat.

The Warriors fell behind as early as the 13th minute through John Bocco and tried as they may they never recovered from that set back.

Zimbabwe will now have it all to do in the return leg in a fortnight to salvage their dream of being part of the 16 teams that will take part in the Afcon finals in Morocco next year.

Should they beat Tanzania, the Warriors will play the winner between Mozambique and South Sudan.

The winner of that will then join Group E which has Zambia - who won the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea - and Gabon, Cape Verde and Niger.

Zimbabwe last participated in the Afcon finals in 2006, having first qualified in 2004.


Tanzania: Deogratius Bonaventure Munishi, Oscar Nkulula Joshua, Nadir Ali Haroub, Kelvin Yondani, Shomari Salum Kapombe, Frank Domayo, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Mrisho Alfani Ngassa, Thomas Emanuel Ulimwengu , Mbwana Ally Samata, John Raphael Bocco.

Zimbabwe: George Chigova, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Patson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Milton Ncube, Danny Phiri, Peter Moyo, Stephen Alimenda, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Cuthbert Malajila, Tendai Ndoro.

Comments (4)

I'm dissapointed, not with the Tanzania loss, that we had it coming, but with the bigheadedness that i see in the SA based National Team players who frowned on national duty but were seen all over looking silly at the ABSA PSL Awards on Sunday night. Just as well, i feel great joy that they didnt win anything on the night. Willard Katsande, whatever happened to the stomach bug? Khama Billiat with that silly hairstyle...ana Kingston Nkhata...i mean please. If you young players playing in an inferior SA league snub mational duty, imagine back in the day when Moses Chunga was plying his trade at E Alst in Belgium, he used to pay for his own ticket to represent the nation and at the end of it be paid a measley ZW$50 after the game but it want a case of playing for monetary gain but just being patriotic. Im glad you learnt a lesson and i wouldnt surprised if all of you suddenly are fit and ready to go in the Tanzania return game. I ashamed to be Zimbabwean when you Ghetto youths are bambozooled by the SA glitz and glamour that you suddenly forgot that your nation needs you. But how come Cuthbert Malajila showed up at camp and played in Tanzania? You need serious mentoring because you are definitely lacking the ability to make the right choices. The reason why you did not turn up for Taanzania was you felt the Absa Awards night was more important...which is sad sad sad. I don't thionk mentions the real reason why you were not going to avail yourselves would have hurt anybody and im beggigginning to suspect that Ian Gorowa was privy to this whole Absa Awards event. Hakuna bhora rinotambwa mu inferior Absa league..bhora riri ku Europe and other such continents...endai munotamba ikoko toziva kuti masvika!

MAPOMBI - 19 May 2014

We need to prepare ourselves very well, the coach must have a wide range of players fighting for a place, if you create permanent places for players, they relax and hold you at ransom as the only people who can bring glory, they become complacent, Mr Gorowa has to step out of South Africa for an unfamiliar choice, it appears he is comfortable with the South African based players, giving him little work to scout for more. More time must be spent on preparations, that is chosing the right people, we cannot afford to lose at home

tichaona - 19 May 2014

This loss is not new I normally blame ZIFA havana ma winning plans e team,Remember Ben Koffie akati we zimbabwean hatiwane Cup akana admin ye national team yakaita zvayakaita.We are zimbabweans fans tinongo rwadziwa when we come to national team poor training hapana first eleven.Zvakaoma

shers - 20 May 2014

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