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Weakened Warriors lose to Guinea
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by Sports Reporter
 
Unavailable ... Knowledge Musona
 
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Guinea 1-0 Zimbabwe

GUINEA’S Mohammed Yattara scored late in the first half to break the depleted Zimbabweans’ resilience in a 2014 World Cup qualifier player at the Stade de Septembre on Sunday night.

The goal solitary strike helped the hosts claim a 1-0 win against the Warriors who had arrived desperately short on personnel due to withdrawals by key players and administrative bungling by ZIFA.

Key striker Knowledge Musona withdrew due to injury along with Patson Jaure, Ovidy Karuru while Hardlife Zvikwereti was left behind in Nairobi Kenya after losing his passport.

The CAPS United defender, who can also play in midfield, said: “What happened is that we were given some T-shirts (during the Johannesburg-Nairobi flight) so the moment I placed it in the bag I also put in it my passport, which had been in the pocket for the better part of the journey.

“I noticed that the bag, which had all my documents like bank cards, the passport and national identity card, was missing when we were about to disembark.

"At first we thought someone had mistook my bag for his or hers only to realise that there was no-one coming forward.”

He said the Zimbabwean embassy in Nairobi managed to replace the lost travel document but securing connecting flights to Conakry in time for the game turned out to be impossible.

“The Zimbabwean Embassy in Kenya ran around to secure an ETD for me but I could not catch up with the team as they had gone to Senegal," he said.

"There was no direct flight so I had to come back (home) as I could not catch up with them on time”

Meanwhile the game turned out to mean little to both sides as Egypt had already qualified for the last round of the Brazil 2014 race.

The North Africans secured their place in the knockout stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers when they defeated Mozambique 1-0 at the Estadio da Machava in Maputo on Sunday afternoon.

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute to help the Pharaohs maintain their perfect record of five consecutive wins.

The FC Basle forward continued with his impressive scoring form after netting a hat-trick against Zimbabwe last weekend.

The result leaves Bob Bradley’s side at the top of the table with 15 points, five points ahead of Guinea.

Zimbabwe have a single point from their campaign after last June’s goalless draw away  neighbours, Mozambique, who they will face in their last game in September.



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Egypt are looking to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after failing to qualify for the last four editions. Their final group match will be at home against Guinea in September.


 
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