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Young Warriors clobber Botswana 4-1 to advance

[Posted 02 May 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Simba Sithole continued rich vein of scoring form with two goals in Zim U"23 4-1 win over Botswana

The Zimbabwe Under 23 team, who hold so much hope for the nation and have fortunes which contrast sharply with their seniors, proved just why they are more highly fancied when they qualified for the next round of the All Africa games with a 4-1 win over visiting Botswana at Rufaro stadium.

This young generation of Zimbabwean footballers has showed class and resilience consistent with the description "Warriors", having forced a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in Gaborone two weeks ago despite having been reduced to 9 men in the tie.

Yesterday, the most promising striker in the land, CAPS United's Simba Sithole, continued his rich vein in form, scoring two goals in he 4-1 routing of the young Zebras, to take his tally in the competition to five goals, following his strikes in the last three games.

Sithole opened the Young Warriors' account in the 9th minute at Rufaro, when he intercepted defender Kaelo Kgaswane's back pass to keeper Kabelo Dambe to score with a low shot.

Botswana responded quickly, and in a half where they gave Zimbabwe a very good challenge and matched their hosts pound for pound, they equalisied in the 14th minute. Mokagolodi Ngele reacted faster than Zim keeper Arial Sibanda who had spilled his earlier shot.

Zimbabwe went ahead before half-time on the stroke of half time when Addas Amidu put them ahead with a gem of a goal.

The second half saw the Young Warriors impose their game and style on the opposition, and could easily have scored four past the young Zebras in that half.

Fo all their dominance and industry, the Young Warriors only managed to add two goals through double scorer Sithole and Matthew Rusike who sscored with a scorcher earlier in the 57th minute from the edge of the box.

Coach Friday Phiri was naturally delighted by the great show by his young charges.

 "I must congratulate the youngsters because they played very well, especially upfront. They showed great character and maturity.

"Even our defence was very good and I am happy for them. It also shows the great depth that we have as a team," a happy Phiri said.

Zimbabwe will now proceed to the next and final round of qualification on a 6-3 aggregate, and they have South Africa's well-drilled young generation machine called Amaglu-glug waiting for them, following their own 5-3 aggregate win over Malawi.


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