Same old story

RUBAVU - A change of venue failed to produce positive results as the Zimbabwe Warriors wrapped up their disappointing outing at the African Nations Championships (Chan) with the same old boring show.

The only change was a goal and a point while in the first two matches they lost to Zambia and Mali with identical 1-0 score-lines.

And on Wednesday it was another lethargic display in the 1-1 draw against Uganda in their last Group C match which capped a sorry outing for the locals.

Coach Calisto Pasuwa was left seething with anger as he reflected on what could have been a joyous ride into the continental showcase set aside for players plying their trade in their respective domestic leagues.

“It was the same old story and maybe the only difference is that we scored a goal,” Pasuwa reflected on the stalemate with Uganda.

“I think it comes back to the issue of experience as well, especially when you look at the way we conceded goals.

“All the goals came in the last stages of the game.

“Maybe with a bit of experience, those are the things we could have avoided.”

The Warriors touched down at the Harare International Airport yesterday afternoon with their arrival largely going unnoticed because of an indifferent account they gave of themselves at the tournament.

It is now back to the drawing board for the men’s national football side.

Warriors captain Hardlife Zvirekwi could also not hide his disappointment at the turn of events in Rwanda which resulted in his charges being knocked out in the first round.

“We were so disappointed,” said Zvirekwi.

“We thought we were in control of the game but we could not hang on.”

The Warriors took the lead for the first time in their Chan campaign through a William Manondo’s 49th minute strike but Ugandan second half-substitute Serunkuma Geofrey would break the Warriors’ hearts right at the stroke of full time.

A lapse of concentration by the Warriors defence deep into extra time was all an unmarked Geofrey needed to get his side on level terms and ensure a share of the spoils by heading past Tatenda Mukuruva who had done well to keep Zimbabwe in the game the whole afternoon.

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