An afternoon to forget

HARARE - Zimbabwe football slumped to an all-time low at the weekend after the Warriors were booted out by Tanzania of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying first round stage.

After having lost the first leg 1-0 away in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago, Ian Gorowa’s men had to come from behind to draw 2-2 with the Taifa Stars at the weekend.

With the draw, Zimbabwe bowed out of the qualifying rounds with a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Below are the Daily News’ player ratings out of 10 from Sunday’s match at the National Sports stadium.    

George Chigova 2

The goalkeeper had largely little to do all afternoon as the Taifa Stars were content of defending. He was at fault for allowing Thomas Ulimwenga shot to sneak in at his near post for Tanzania’s second goal.

Hardline Zvirekwi 2

Despite getting limited game time at CAPS United this season, Zvirekwi still finds starts for the Warriors and was troubled all game long by the Taifa Stars wingers.   

Milton Ncube 2

He rarely ventured forward into the Tanzania half and was a major let down. His performance can be summed up by the fact that the Ajax Cape Town-bound man was afraid to commit to take corner kicks when Zimbabwe desperately needed his in swinging deliveries. 

Partson Jaure 3

On an afternoon Zimbabwe badly needed a leader on the pitch, the stand-in Warriors captain failed to stand up and be counted.

Eric Chipeta 2

He was at fault for both Tanzania goals on an afternoon to forget for the Hwange man. Chipeta was out of sync with the rest of his defensive partners. The only positive to take from his performance on Sunday is that he was the only Warriors player on the field with the courage to take the corner kicking duty. With Chipeta taking the set pieces Zimbabwe were, however, deprived of a genuine threat in the air inside the box.      

Willard Katsande 3

There was a lot of hype surrounding Katsande’s return to the team. The Kaizer Chiefs man failed to live up to expectations as he was failed to impose his game in midfield. 

Danny Phiri 5

Probably the Warriors best player on the afternoon. The Chicken Inn hard man covered every blade of grass on the pitch as he toiled from box-to-box. He was rewarded for his determination by opening the scoring for the Warriors.  

Denver Mukamba 3

He wasted a number of good chances to get on the score sheet as he took too long to shoot on many occasions. A more direct approach from the former Dynamos man could have proved vital but he still lets the occasion get the better of him as he attempts party tricks that yielded little for the team.

Ovidy Karuru 3

He spent most of the time drifting inwards when what was required from him was to use the width of the pitch to try and opening up the deep-lying Tanzania defence. By the time he began to go wide to create one-on-one situations with defenders the match was already out of Zimbabwe’s reach.    

Cuthbert Malajila 2

Looked sharp in the opening minutes but completely faded as the game went on. The Mamelodi Sundowns man was brought off at halftime as he had failed to make any real impact on the match.

Edward Sadomba 2

The Libyan-based forward continues to baffle whenever he is in Warriors colours. Sunday was no different as he got into some good positions but lacked that composure in front of goal that has made him a feared striker in African club football competitions. In 15 appearances for the Warriors, Sadomba has scored only one goal.


Pasca Manhanga 2

Kuda Musharu 2

Tendai Ndoro  2

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