Warriors labour for victory

HARARE - Despite achieving what appears to be a comfortable two goal lead, Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa was not pleased with his side’s poor finish against Comoros in an African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier here yesterday.

Hwange striker Evans Rusike and FC Platinum’s Tatenda Mudewe scored the two goals that put Zimbabwe in the driving seat ahead of the second leg in a fortnight.

The Warriors dominated the match from start to finish despite poor preparations and could have won by a bigger margin with more precision in front of goal.

“We won but again we were not as much as wanted to be in terms of offensiveness,” Pasuwa said after the match.

“We wanted to open them up; there were leaving too many spaces but we didn’t utilise on that. We could have created many scoring opportunities.

“Two-nil is OK for us considering that they didn’t score but again it’s football anything can happen. Now that we know Comoros we need to sit down and plan for them in the second leg.

“We need to work on the cohesion of the team, creativeness going forward and shooting prowess. We need to score many goals.”

Comoros coach Abderemane Ahmed Chamite, however, appears to have lost hope of successfully staging a comeback even in their own backyard.

“It was always going to be difficult playing away from home,” Chamite said.

“We can’t say we will turn the tables at home but the expectations are to play better than what we did today. My players got tired as the match progresses and as a result we conceded that second goal."

The Warriors started on the front foot and were duly rewarded in the 10th minute through Rusike.

The Hwange man beat two defenders before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box that beat the diving Comoros keeper.

From there on, the home crowd thought the Warriors would steam roll past the visitors.

Despite having the upper hand the Warriors somehow reduced the tempo of the game. Wisdom Mutasa and Nquobizitha Masuku had glorious chances to extend the lead but they wasted their opportunities.

The second half saw the Comoros imposing themselves on the Warriors and in the 55th minute Warriors’ goalkeeper Donovan Bernard was forced into making a key save.

The Warriors however, left it too late to bury the game as substitute Mudewe capitalised on the lapse of concentration on the rather stubborn Comoros defence to slot home from close range one minute before full time.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: Donovan Bernard, Danny Phiri, Evans Rusike, Devine Lunga, Blessing Moyo, Thomas Chideu, Ronald Chitiyo, Wisdom Mutasa, Nqobizitha Masuku, Liberty Chakoroma, Teenage Hadebe

Comoros: Said Halifa, Miktadi Daoud, Hakim Youssouf, Mounir Abdedenan, David Hubblat, Mahemed Mehangama, Faouz Faidine, Simba Ali, Fasoiha Goula, Chadhuli Mradabi, Ahi Ahmed

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