Another Warriors heartbreak

HARARE - A poor carpenter blames his old tools, goes the adage.

And yesterday was just a big let down from Zimbabwe football coach Ian Gorowa and his troops after they drew 2-2 with Tanzania to bow out of the first round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on a 3-2 aggregate.

Glorious chances came and went begging, on afternoon were they were supposed to be harvested.

END OF THE ROAD: Zimbabwe national team players look dejected after the draw with Tanzania yesterday at the National Sports Stadium. Picture: Annie Mpalume

The chief culprit being the man who carried the nation’s hope, Libya-based forward Edward Sadomba.

The writing is on the wall, no national team football to look forward to for the foreseeable future, starting with next year’s Afcon in Morocco.

To cap off a disappointing afternoon for all football loving fans, Gorowa refused to address the media after the game, claiming to be too “distraught.”

An expectant 60 000-strong capacity crowd left the giant stadia a dejected lot and this was a nightmarish afternoon. Black day for Zimbabwean football.

Tanzania assistant coach Salum Mayanga praised his charges for their resolute performances.

“We knew this was going to be a tough match, but we had an advantage from the first leg (Tanzania won 1-0). We came with a game plan which we executed very well and we managed to come out with a win and we are excited to beat a big team like Zimbabwe,” he said.

The Warriors started like a house on fire, taking an early lead through Chicken Inn midfielder Danny Phiri, who got to the end of the a neat pass from Mamelodi Sundowns forward Cuthbert Malajila in the third minute.

But from the moment the Taifa Stars got an equalizer, it was always going to be an asking challenge for the home side to mount a comeback.

A nightmarish afternoon for Hwange centre half Eric Chipeta started in the 20th minute when he needlessly conceded a corner after failing to deal with a back-pass from goalkeeper George Chigova.

From the resultant corner, Nadi Haroub equalised for the Tanzanians and with that important away goal the Taifa Stars would go on to launch a painful series of delaying tactics to frustrate the Zimbabwean fans.

Zimbawe would go into the break needing two clear goals to retain any hopes of advancing to the next phase of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

Before the 60 000 crowd had even  taken their seats  for the second half, Chipeta again was at fault when failed to clear and gifted Tanzania forward Thomas Ulimwengu, who capitalised on the loose ball and to beat Chigova at his near post.

A sombre atmosphere engulfed the giant stadia as at became evident to them that their dream had been shattered.

Katsande would salvage some hope for a late charge with a headed equaliser in the 55th minute to connect a Denver Mukamba corner.

Despite launching a series of attacks in the later part of the game, the Warriors were heavily let down by a combination of missing gilt-edged chances and a resolute Tanzania defence.

In the end, the thousands who were at the giant stadium left a dejected lot facing the reality of another painful Afcon qualifier exit.

Zimbabwe: George Chigova, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Milton Ncube, Partson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Willard Katsande, Denver Mukamba (Kuda Musharu, 68m), Danny Phiri (Pasca Manhanga, 89m), Edward Sadomba, Cuthbert Malajila (Tendai Ndoro, 45m), Ovidy Karuru.

Tanzania: Deo Munishi,  Shomali Kapombe, Oscar Joshua, Nadir Haroub, kevin Yondan,  Amini Kiemba (Frank Domayo, 64m), Haroun Chanongo,  Simon Msura (Shusa Morali),  John Acco, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Thomas Ulimwengu (Ashly Manula, 90m).

Comments (2)

zifa is immoral and unethical, let fair minded people progress...

snowden - 2 June 2014

Coach apa aka sarudzirwa team nepress,,dai akango tora team yaka tamba kuCHAN yaito winner than zvaakatiitira,,Amana tomirira another two years here,,ma1 chaiwo.

Guest - 2 June 2014

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