Nakamba stars in losing cause

HARARE - With the Warriors arriving in Conakry only a few hours before Sunday night’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea, it was always going to be a difficult match for Kalisto Pasuwa’s side.

The poor playing surface at Stade 28 Septembre and the hot weather conditions also made life difficult for the Warriors, who did not have any time to acclimatise.

Below are the Daily News player ratings: 

Tatenda Mukuruva 6: The Warriors goalkeeper came off his line early for Gui Muchel Landel goal but to his credit, he went on to make some decent saves to keep the score at 1-0.    

Blessing Moyo 4: The former Dynamos fullback took a lot of time to settle and struggled to keep track of the slippery Slyi Nationale captain Ibrahima Traore.

Onismor Bhasera 4: Defensively, he was found wanting and offered little going forward.

Lawrence Mhlanga 5: Although the Chicken Inn defender looked jittery at times, he made some crucial blocks to repel the West Africans. He was also comfortable in possession when bringing the ball out from the defence into attack.

Costa Nhamoinesu 6: Nhamoinesu put his body on the line making some crucial tackles to stop the menacing Guinea forwards. He also used his height to good effect in dealing with high balls at set pieces.

Willard Katsande 7: The midfield enforcer never puts in a half decent shift for both club and country. Katsande went toe-to-toe with the physical West Africans in midfield and won some vital duels.

Tafadzwa Kutinyu 5: The Chicken Inn midfielder showed good composure for his age in a punishing game due to the extreme heat and humidity. He could have offered more going forward though.

Marvelous Nakamba 8: Undoubtedly the Warriors’ best player on the field of play as he showed good anticipation and looked assured on the ball. Nakamba has emerged as the find of this qualifying campaign with his performances whenever given a chance.

Evans Rusike 5: His pace caused some problems up-front for the Guinea defence. With a bit of composure he could have found the target in the second half before he was replaced by Ronald Chitiyo.

Knowledge Musona 5: Looked dangerous when he got on the ball but not much came off for him in a frustrating afternoon for the Belgium-based forward.

He had two good chances that he could have buried but in the first instance shot tamely at the keeper with the second effort striking the upright.  

Cuthbert Malajila 3: It was largely a disappointing afternoon for the Bidvest Wits forward as he rarely got hold of the ball. It was a surprise he lasted the entire 90 minutes.

Subs:

Tendai Ndoro: 4

Ronald Chitiyo: 4

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