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Warriors too strong for Zambia

[Posted 10 Aug 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors fans celebrated their team"s 2-0 friendly victory over Zambia on Wednesday night

The Zimbabwe Senior national soccer team proved too strong for their northern neighbours, Zambia's Chipolopolo, as they outclassed them 2-0 in an international friendly match played between the two sides at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday night.

A final score-line of 2-0 was down to some shrewd defending by the visitors and a number of missed chances by Zimbabwe's strikers.

The Warriors dominated Chipolopolo, who are in fact currently ranked higher than their southern counterparts in terms of either FIFA or African rankings. Chipolopolo are ranked 74th in the world with 435 points, while the Warriors sit at 86th place with 380 points.

At Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday night, Zimbabwe got the opener on 45 minutes through outstanding midfielder Willard Katsande, whose performance raises questions as to whether Ajax Cape Town really know what they are missing by playing the player on the bench.

Another Ajax player, livewire Khama Billiat finally had his brilliant displays in Warriors colours rewarded with a goal when he notched home Zimbabwe's second goal just two minutes from the break.

Zimbabwe went on to dominate possession until the final whistle.

The match was a good preparation for both teams' upcoming crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September.

Zambia will travel to Comoros, while Zimbabwe will welcome Liberia for a crucial Group A tie at the National Sports Stadium, needing nothing short of a victory to maintain chances of qualifying for the finals in 2012 in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Both teams missed several key players.

Zimbabwe missed at least five players. Star striker Knowledge Musona recently moved to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany and asked for time-off to settle-in at his new club. Gilbert Mapemba of Moroka Swallows in South Africa was excused for similar reasons.

Musona's strike partner Nyasha Mushekwi of Mamelodi Sundowns will be suspended for the Liberia fixture after picking up a second yellow card in the competition. The same goes for key defender Thomas Sweswe of Kaizer Chiefs.

England-based left-back Onsimor Bhasera has been on the casualty list for some time now, while his usual understudy Zhaimu Jambo of Chiefs is yet to regain optimal match-fitness after missing out much of the ABSA premiership action in SA last season.

Cyprus-based Noel Kaseke missed the friendly and will likely miss the Oiberia match as he is returning from an injury. It is not clear why Russia-based striker Musa Mguni has not been called up for this friendly match.

Zambia missed key players such as Felix and Christopher Katongo, plus Jacob Mulenga.

Both teams however called upon their players based in other African states such as South Africa and Angola for Zambia, while Zim had the bulk of the players from across the Limpopo, spiced by a couple of Europe-based stars.

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