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08/09/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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Zimbabwe 1-1 Mozambique

ZIMBABWE ended their worst World Cup qualification winless and at the bottom of the log after a 1-1 home draw against Mozambique at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The two teams had drawn 0-0 in the reverse fixture in Maputo last year after the Warriors had lost the opening match 1-0 at home to Guinea. Guinea completed a double with a 1-0 win in Conakry while group winners Egypt managed a 2-1 (home) and 4-2 (away) win.

Mozambique finished third on three points while Zimbabwe picked up the wooden spoon on two points.

Poor play characterised the start of the match for Zimbabwe as Tawanda Muparati, benefiting from loose balls from the returning Willard Katsande, played a number of wayward passes starving striker Nelson Maziwisa.

Peter Moyo, playing behind the lone striker Maziwisa, pushed up on a number of occasions but the pass in the final third was always missing.

Captain Masimba Mambare struggled with his game from the start but when Moyo burst through and hit the post in the 41st minute, the skipper was on hand to ram home the rebound for the Warriors lead.

Instead of upping the tempo in the second half, the Warriors slowed down and Elias Pelembe took charge of the proceedings for the Mambas with passes cutting across the Zimbabwe defence.

Fun day out ... Warriors fans showing their support at Rufaro on Sunday

Coach Ian Gorowa, still looking for his first home win, made a huge blunder when he withdrew playmaker Moyo for Hardlife Zvirekwi and Mambare for Donald Ngoma. Then the little rhythm the Warriors had was lost and in no time, the Mambas were level.

Said Gorowa after the match: “The boys were visibly tired because of the midweek matches and travelling from their bases and there was little we could do about that.

“We played better though in the first half and created a few chances that we should have converted but then we conceded that goal.”

Maninho, the scorer, drew out goalkeeper George Chigova but his effort was saved and the ball fell to defender Oscar Machapa. Machapa made a complete mess of his clearance and Maninho found the target despite a desperate attempt to clear by central defender Eric Chipeta.


On Monday, the Warriors will leave for South Africa to play an international friendly match against their neighbours on Tuesday.

The game takes place at 2030hrs (Zim time) at the Orlando Stadium.

G Chigova, E Chipeta, P Jaure, O Machapa, B Kangwa, W Katsande, T Muparati (C Sibanda 82st min), P Moyo (H Zvirekwi 62nd min), M Mambare (D Ngoma 62nd min), K Mahachi, N Mazivisa

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