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Zebras deny Warriors


Sports Reporter

Zimbabwe 0-0 Botswana HARARE-THREE points were there for collection but on an unforgettable night, the Warriors did what they knew best: DISSAPPOINT.

At the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Friday night, the Warriors huffed and puffed to a goalless draw against Botswana onmatch day one of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Just 24 hours after reigning African champions Algeria had bamboozled Zambia 5-0, the Warriors had a chance to move second on the log with a home win.

But clearly they never learn, do they?
In such qualifiers, pick up maximum points from home matches and avoid a loss away.

But the Warriors always do it the hard way-they needed a last minute goal from Khama Billiat to subdue little Somalia in a 2022 World Cup qualifier the last time out at the same venue. 

Now, the Zebras under Abdel Ramrouche, they gave Zimbabwe no such chance to steal a late win, deploying a tactical masterclass in cutting off the midfield supply to the main strikers.

The term minnows no longer exists in world football. Instead, tactical awareness, preparedness and confidence are the only ingredients to winning matches. 

Nothing of this kind exists in the Warriors mindset and interim coach Joey Antipas is well aware of these shortcomings. 

Even the presence of red hot duo of Kaizer Chiefs star man Khama Billiat and Golden Arrows’ Knox Mutizwa did not help.

Knowledge Musona, with two goals in 16 months, is a pale shadow of a man once tipped to break the late Adam Ndlovu’s 36 goals for  Zimbabwe.

As for Aston Villa star Marvellous Nakamba, he simply had no combination in midfield hence the rather pathetic showing.

Now, the Warriors head to Lusaka on Tuesday determined to make amends while Botswana host Algeria in Gaborone hoping to add maximum points to their one from Harare.

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