Guinea edge Warriors

CONAKRY - Guinea defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade du 28 Septembre Stadium, but it was a case of too little too late after already being eliminated from the competition.

Guy Michel netted the only goal of the match after 15 minutes ahead of a late red card for the hosts.

Zimbabwe topped the standings in Group L having picked up 11 points from their six matches played with Guinea securing just eights points overall.

And it was the Syli National who started the brighter of the two sides with an early sighter at goal that flew just wide from a tight angle.

The Warriors were forced to defend with the hosts enjoying the majority of the ball possession, and were limited to threatening from set-pieces, as Blessing Moyo’s 10th minute delivery was well cleared by Guinea.

And the hosts were soon in the ascendancy, after just 15 minutes, as Michel slotted past the goalkeeper, following a failed attempt by Zimbabwe to clear in their box.

Guinea came close to adding a second five minutes later after some similar scrappy play in defence but this time the incoming shot was well off the mark.

With the first half winding down, Zimbabwe were forced to shoot from range with a late effort deflected inches over the Guinea crossbar.

After a poor first 45 minutes, the Warriors began to find their feet after the break with Knowledge Musona rattling an upright on 51 minutes before Guinea so nearly added to their lead with a free-kick from the edge of the box after a foul by Costa Nhamoinesu, but Tatenda Mukuruva was equal to the effort.

Willard Katsande had to clear his lines in 76th minute after a spill from Mukuruva before Musona wanted too much time on the ball in the box, and was dispossessed.

Guinea found themselves reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes but despite a nervy end, they managed to hold on for a morale-boosting victory. - Kwese Sports

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