ZIMBABWE’S battled to a 2-2 draw against a star-studded Algeria Sunday in their first group game at the Africa Cup of Nations finals underway in Gabon.
Speaking after the game coach Kalisto Pasuwa said: Getting a point against Algeria will motivate the players to do better in the next match.
“We sat too deep though we were catching them on the break. At this level, you have to be clinical in front of goal to win matches.
“It was only nine minutes to the end and they equalized. Our objective is to reach the second round and we will work towards that.”
Pasuwa’s opposite number Georges Leekens remarked: “This is just the first match and first matches are always difficult in any major competition.
“We had a bad first half and it affected our game plan. We resumed stronger in the second half and managed to equalize. Zimbabwe was always going to be difficult. There are no small teams here.
“We made mistakes in the first half that allowed Zimbabwe to play. The penalty was also a huge mistake. We have one point and we will hope to have the three points in the next matches.”
Nyasha Mushekwi scored Zimbabwe’s second