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Mushekwi, Musona shine in Zim win

[Posted 18 Nov 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Zim defeated hosts Mozambique 3-1 in Maputo yesterday.

Mozambique (0) 1- (1) 3 Zimbabwe

Common sense prevailed in the Warriors' selection of players yesterday afternoon in Maputo, as Madinda Ndlovu thrust trusted gunman Nyasha Mushekwi in a striking partnership with Knowledge Musona, and the two scored all of the Warriors goals in a 3-1 win over hosts Mozambique.

Zimbabwe travelled to Maputo with only a handful of local players and about 10 South Africa-based players. Without the retired Benjani in the squad or Sudan-based Edward Sadomba, Mushekwi was presented with an opportunity to prove why he should be Zim's number one striker, and he did not disappoint.

After red-hot Kaizer Chiefs sensation Musona scored the opener at the end of the first half, Mushekwi weighed in with two crucial second half goals to give the Warriors the much needed confidence ahead of next March's crunchy back to back matches against Mali in the 2012 AFCON qualifiers.

The ever alert Musona intercepted a pass from  goalkeeper Sozinho Talufa to defender Joao Aguir, and in a predatory fashion, slammed the ball into the net before Talufa recovered. The goal from the "Smiling Assasin" was typical of his 2nd goal in the Soweto derby last Saturday.

In the 57th minute, Mushekwi powerfully nodded in a well taken corner kick by Esrom Nyandoro, to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

The third goal was such a beauty of team work. Substitute Benjamin Marere began a beautiful move on the right wing, before a telepathic Kaizer-Chiefs connection between Musona and Tinashe Nengomasha ended with a neat pass layed to Mushekwi to finish off with aplomb in the 87th minute.

Mozambique scored their consolation goal from a penalty in the 2nd minute of injury time. Carvalho was brought down by substitute Daniel Vheremu and Swaziland referee Nhleko Simanga correctly awarded the hosts a penalty. Carvalho himself cooly slotted the spot-kick past a bemused Tapuwa Kapini.

Caretaker coach Ndlovu gave Terrence Mandaza of Platinum Stars his first cap at senior level, when he introduced him in the 66th minute in place of Nyandoro.

The coach was satisfied with the manner his charges applied themselves away from home.

"The performance was good. It's what any coach would expect from a crop of experienced and young players.

"We controlled play in the first quarter using a 4-4-2 formation and then shifted 3-5-2 as we awanted to add more men in attack and get goals," Ndlovu said after the match.

After such a morale boosting away victory, the Warriors should be afforded the opportunity to gel more as a unit with at least two more away friendly matches against stronger opposition than the Mambas.

Coah Ndlovu deserves some credit for the manner he selected his starting line-up.

Given that the starting squad had about 9 SA-based stars, ZIFA is best advised to take advantage of that fact and allow these players to train together more often. Friendly matches with South African PSL clubs should be arranged for such purposes.

Nothing matters more in international football than giving players an opportunity to develop a better understanding among themselves. It does a world of good to team spirit and development of winning combinations.

Zimbabwe side

T. Kapini, Esrom Nyandoro (T Mandaza 66th min), T Sweswe, G Mapemba, M Mwanjali, T Nengomasha, T Rusike (B Marere 54th min), N Mushekwi, Z Ngodzo, K Musona, O Machapa (D Vheremu 86th min)

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