Munetsi catches the eye for Warriors

CAPTAIN Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat stole the show with their two wonderful strikes against Congo yesterday but there were a number other players that shone in the Warriors jersey.
Below are the Daily News’ player ratings from the encounter:

George Chigova 6

He appeared a bit hesitant under the high ball in the opening minutes but redeemed himself with a number of good saves. A clean sheet is always important for any goalkeeper.

Tendayi Darikwa 5 The wing back was making his comeback to the national team after missing the defeat to Liberia last year through suspension. He will be the first to admit that it was not one of his best games for the national team as he was constantly pinned by the speedy Congo winger Junior Makiese.

Ronald Pfumbidzai 5. Like his fellow wing back on the other flank, Pfumbidzai also had to contend with the tricky Red Devils winger Merveil Ndkocky. This stopped him from making those overlapping runs into the opposition half he is accustomed to.

Teenage Hadebe 6
The centre back was assured on the ball and made some crucial interventions when Congo threatened to break through. He was never really put under any pressure by the visitors’ attackers.

Alec Mudimu 6
This was another good outing for the Wales-based defender in a Warriors’ shirt. He combined well with his fellow centre back Hadebe to protect Chigova’s goal. Played with his heart on his sleeve and was not afraid to go into the faces of the Red Devils’ players on a couple of confrontations.

Danny Phiri 7
After missing the last game against Liberia through injury, he was back in the starting line up yesterday and showed why he is one of the first names on coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s team sheet. He was aggressive in hunting for possession and rarely misplaced a pass.

Marshall Munetsi 9
He was probably the best player on the pitch for the home side with an assured performance in a more advanced midfield role. At Orlando Pirates, Munetsi plays at right back or centre back but yesterday he was a thorn in the flesh of the Red Devils. His solo run and dribble produced the free kick that gave the Warriors the lead.   

Evans Rusike 5
He started in a more unfamiliar right wing position and this clearly unsettled the SuperSport United striker. His game could have turned out much better had he scored the early chance that came his way in the opening two minutes. From there on, he was struggling.    

Tino Kadewere 6
The Le Havre forward had a decent outing which should have warranted at least a goal. Kadewere kept the Congo defenders on their toes and linked up well with the rest of his attacking colleagues.  
Khama Billiat 7
As the Warriors’ dead ball specialist, Billiat is always guaranteed to get a sniff at goal and yesterday he produced a gem of a free kick to give the home side the lead. 

Knowledge Musona 7
Started the game slowly because of his recent groin injury and it appeared as if he was struggling but he produced the goal of the game shortly before halftime. They don’t call him the smiling Assassin for nothing. 

He showed great predatory instinct to rob Fernand Mayembo off possession before firing in a half volley worthy to win any match.
This was Musona’s fifth goal of these qualifiers.

    Comments (1)

    The pitch conditions were not favourable for a passing game , there were intermittent patches of dry and green grass of un-even heights. Hence the warriors were forced to employ a high ball with no smooth transition from defence into mid and attack nevertheless it was a sweet victory.

    Sinyo - 25 March 2019

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