Mozambique hold Young Warriors

BULAWAYO - The Zimbabwe Under-20 side began their African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region V Youth Games campaign on a low note after they were held 1-1 by Mozambique here yesterday.

The Young Warriors scored in the first half through Thembalethu Mthunzi in the 30th minute after a blunder by Mozambique goalkeeper Phillip Saimone.

The jittery Saimone fluffed a simple shot and Mthunzi capitalised on the mistake to score for the host.

Tafadzwa Mashiri’s men could not hold on to the lead however, as they lost concentration in the dying stages of the match allowing Mozambique to equalise in the 92nd minute.

With Zimbabwe headed for a narrow win, the hosts wee left heartbroken when Hermenigildo Mario Capena finished with a lovely volley past goalkeeper Kelvin Shangiwa.

Mozambique finished the match with 10 players after their defender Jose Borges Cossa was sent off for a second bookable offence after the equaliser.

Cossa had received his first booking in the 11th minute for a deliberate handball.

The match had been evenly balanced in the opening exchanges but Mozambique looked like the more organised side.

Mozambique were playing more purposeful football though they lacked precision in front of goal.

In the ninth minute Denzel Khumalo could have opened the scores for Zimbabwe but he missed a sitter off a Bukhosi Sibanda through pass.

Thereafter Zimbabwe took control of the match with Sibanda and Learnmore Muyambo controlling the midfield.

The hosts then broke the deadlock through Mthunzi to go into the halftime break in the lead.

In the second half, Mozambique came back a better side attacking from all angles and their striker Hermenigildo Mario Capena proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the Zimbabwe defenders.

Meanwhile, Zambia massacred South Africa by 7-1 in the women’s section of the competition.

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