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Warriors fall to Egypt's dying minutes penalty

[Posted 26 Mar 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors fall to Egypt"s dying minutes penalty
The Zimbabwe Warriors fought a brave fight in Alexandria to hold the hosts Egypt level up until the 88th minute when they were undone by a penalty which was converted by the Pharaohs veteran attacking midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika to give the home team a 2-1 victory in a 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifying match played in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

Mohamed Salah was casually brought down in the box through a careless tackle from behind by a desperate Augustine Mbara. The Egyptian senior player Aboutrika then stepped up to beat Washington Arubi to give Egypt a winner.

It was such a cruel blow to the battling young Zimbabwean team that had defied odds to go to the break tied 0-0 with their hosts. Then Egypt took the lead through Hosny Abd Rabou who netted from a free-kick on 64 minutes, with his beat going in despite Arubi getting his hands onto it.

German-based forward Knowledge Musona then responded beautifully, scoring a contender for international goal of the year, when he beat the Pharaohs' goal keeper with a long range shot to restore parity, grabbing an equaliser almost unexpectedly in the 75th minute.

Musona received a long pass, superbly held off Egyptian defender
Mohamed Naguib before striking a volley which gave keeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed absolutely no chance.

Egypt move to nine points from three matches, and now sit four points ahead of Guinea in Group G, while Zimbabwe languish at the foot of the group with a single point earned away in Maputo against Mozambique, who drew 0-0 with Guinea in Maputo over the weekend.

The young Zimbabwean team will be encouraged by their gallant showing despite the disappointment of losing so late in the game. The performance of the team will encourage coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels in his rebuilding project, and will give him reasons to argue that there is hope in the direction that Zimbabwe is currently taking.

The Warriors team is almost a completely new team to a team of established players like Carlington Nyadombo, Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe Nengomasha, Willard Katsande, Edward Sadomba, Nyasha Mushekwi, Thomas Sweswe, Cuthbert Malajila, Vusa Nyoni, Onismor Bhasera, Noel Kaseke, former captain Tapuwa Kapini among others.


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