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Warriors qualify for 2nd CHAN Finals in a row

[Posted 07 Jun 2010]
Warriors qualify for 2nd CHAN Finals in a row

Beezsports Reporter


Zimbabwe's national soccer team of home grown talent, beat Seyechelles at the National Sports Stadium in Harare to qualify for their consecutive African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals. The second edition of the CHAN finals will be hosted by Sudan in 2011, following the inaugural tournament which was held in Ivory Coast last year.

The home team needed a penalty in the 57th minute and a late goal to seal the match with a 2-0 victory courtesy of a Method Mwanjali penalty and his CAPS team mate Tafadzwa Rusike' 71st minute goal respectively. Zimbabwe advanced to the finals on 6-2 aggregate score.

The Warriors, whose chances for qualification had been enhanced by the 2-4 away win over the Indian Islanders in Victoria a fortnight ago, made light work of their lowly Southern African counterparts, but not before they fired blanks in the first half. Despite enjoying possession for much of the first half, the usually sure-footed Nyasha Mushekwi and strike partner conspired to miss a glut of chances which came their way. Warriors coach Norman Mapeza had warned his players of complacency before the match, but the Warriors showed hunger to score goals, but yet no goals came in the disappointing opening half.

Midfielder Bekimpilo Ncube, who was preferred ahead of the returning Rusike, missed the Warriors' first real chance in the 12th minute. Ncube's effort took a wicked deflection via the body of Seychelles defender Maringo Ronny Jean. Cuthbert Malajila had his chance to score the opener but headed wide in the 29th minute after some good midfield work from Ashley Rambanepasi. Ncube, who showed enough hunger to justify his preference ahead of regular Rusike, saw his effort crash against an upright pole 5 minutes from Half time.

Zimbabwe's first goal came courtesy of a penalty, when Namibian referee Alex Tiyeaz adjudged that the visitors' defender Larue Herve had handled inside the box. Captain Mwanjali then stepped up to expertly deceive the keeper and register the Warriors' first goal. Tafadzwa Rusike then made sure of a fair victory result for the Warriors when he was set up by Rambanepasi to score the home team's second goal in the 71st minute.

Both teams made changes at the start of the second half, with the home team bringing on Rusike for Ncube, while the visitors replaced keeper Sopha Erick with Euphraise Jose. In the 61st minute Zimbabwe made a second change, when Mushekwi was hauled off for Dynamos' in-form striker Evans Gwekwerere.

Zimbabwe join fellow qualifying nations South Africa who held Zambia to 1-1 draw after a home 1-0 triumph, hosts Sudan, holders DR Congo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Niger.


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