Comoros 0-0 Zimbabwe
(Zimbabwe progress 2-0 on aggregate)
DESPITE arriving in the Comoros just three hours before the match, the Warriors are through to face Lesotho in the last qualifying round of the Orange African Nations Championships (Chan) after a 0-0 draw with Comoros at the Stade de Moroni on Saturday.
They progress on a 2-0 aggregate score line after winning the first leg at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago via goals from Evans Rusike and Marshall Mudehwe.
Lesotho drew 1-1 with Botswana in Gaborone to claim the tie on away goals rule. Lesotho and Zimbabwe will now do battle on October 17 and 24.
The Warriors left Harare at 10am on Saturday morning and arrived just after midday, leaving them with just three hours to rest before taking to the field.
They travelled aboard an Air Zimbabwe chartered flight after Government, finally taking on its responsibility, paid up US$83 000 needed for the flight.
They were due to leave on Friday night, but an extra ordinary SADC summit in Pretoria, South Africa, saw Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe making an unscheduled flight to that country, affecting the Warriors plan as they were due to use the same plane.
Mugabe returned home late Friday night.
In camp, coach Kalisto Pasuwa had quit due to a $11 000 debt owed by Zifa as unpaid salaries, but then agreed to travel after Government intervention.
Simmering temperatures in Comoros capital city Moroni were also a challenge for the Warriors who however managed to sail through.
Zimbabwe were the first to test the hosts with Emmanuel Mandiranga and debutant Edmore Chirambadare coming close to scoring in the opening 20 minutes.
Comoros’ first probe of the Warriors came in 40 minutes when they narrowly missed from a freekick just outside the box where captain Danny Phiri had fouled Ahmed Ali.
Warriors goalkeeper Bernard Donovan saved a few attempts from Comoros in the second half to keep Zimbabwe in the game as Pasuwa’s men were no longer in charging mode, preferring to defend deep in their half.
Warriors starting X1
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Comoros 0-0 Zimbabwe