Zimbabwe (1) 1 Guinea (1) 1
ZIMBABWE blew a golden chance to top their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group when returning goalkeeper Washington Arubi gifted Guinea with an easy goal just after 60 seconds in a match played at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Warriors now have four points from two matches after beating Malawi 2-1 in their opener in July while Swaziland remained on top, on better goal difference, with the same number of points after they drew 2-2 at home against Malawi.
Malawi and Guinea have a point each.
The Warriors face Swaziland in their next match away while Guinea host Malawi.
Playing before a sell-out crowd, fans were still settling in their seats when Arubi received a back pass that he could simply have played out or back into play.
But the experienced University of Pretoria goal minder dilly-dallied and the ball hit his shins, only for the on rushing Guinea striker Iddrissa Sylla to slot home, bringing Rufaro into total silence.
Knowledge Musona then rescued Zimbabwe’s point five minutes before the breather.
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa admitted at the end of the match that the early goal unsettled his boys, but was happy with the fight-back.
Manna from heaven … Guinea celebrate their first minute gift goal