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Warriors in CHAN quarters after B/Faso win

[Posted 21 Jan 2014]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors in CHAN quarters after B/Faso win

The Zimbabwe Warriors team managed a win which has proved elusive in their last two matches at the 2014 Orange Championship of Nations finals when they beat Burkina Faso 1-0 at Athlone Stadium on Monday night, thanks to a spectacular 56th minute header from midfielder Masimba Mambare.

The victory meant the Warriors finished on tied on 5 points with group rivals Morocco, but second due to an inferior goal difference of +1, compared to the Atlas Lions' +2 goal difference. The Moroccans beat Uganda 3-1 to finish top of the group on goal difference.

As was the case in the other two Group B matches, Zimbabwe dominated much of the play under difficult windy conditions at Athlone, but struggled to convert the numerous chances they created on the night.

Though the Warriors at times needlessly gave away possession, they would quickly win the ball back, and threaten the Stallions' goal. As early as the 5th minute, a stinging free-kick by Danny Phiri was superbly saved for a corner by the outstanding Stallions keeper Mohamed Kabore.

Peter Moyo was later to be named Man of the match after a manly performance in the middle of the park (though some may feel Kabore deserved it more after pulling off fine saves), but Moyo was guilty of to many squandered chances.

In the 13th minute Moyo fluffed his first chance from outside the box after a good build-up by the Warriors. In between the Moyo misses, enterprising winger Kuda Mahachi directed  two weak shots at Kabore in the 17th and 29th minutes.   

On the other end, Burkina's Bassirou Ouedraogo shot wide and high. five minutes before the interval, Geoge Chigova was called in to make a great save from a Yousseff Kabore free kick.

After resumption, Zimbabwe kept on pressing the Stallions, and in the 56th minute, left back Milton Ncube swung in a high cross. Mambare sneaked infront of Kabore to powerfully head in the goal which proved the winner to give the long suffering Warriors' fans something to cheer about.

Moyo should have easily made it 2-0 for Zim in the 60th minute, but incredibly skied his effort when it appeared easier to pick a spot from inside the box. A Phiri effort in the 70th minute was wwell-saved by the impressive Kabore.

Shortly after Phiri's well-saved effort, Aboubacar Sidike Traore had a chance to equalise for the Burkinables but Chigova saved well his effort.

Then Moyo missed again a sitter in the 82nd minute, but this time from outside the box after a loose ball rolled onto his path. Mahachi had a chance to put an icing on the cake for Zim, but the evergreen Kabore denied him from close range.

Zimbabwe will now meet Group A winners Mali, who finished the group with 7 points, a point ahead of Nigeria who had to beat South Africa 3-1 to qualify as runners up in the group ahead of the hosts, who disappointingly exited the tournament.

The Warriors will have to move to Cape Town Stadium for their quarter-final clash with the Carthage Eagles of Mali.


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