Warriors edge Malawi


The Warriors finally remembered how to win after coming from behind to edge the Flames of Malawi by 2-1 in a friendly match at Rufaro stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The match was on the FIFA calendar for international friendlies and the Warriors Coach Sunday was using as preparation for the upcoming qualifiers for the African Championships of Nations and the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Two first half goals from Tafadzwa Rusike cancelled Noel Mkandawire’s earlier goal to give local football fans something to smile about. Rusike is a Caps United midfielder.

The Warriors team which was mainly made up of locally based players with the exception of skillful former Aces Youth Academy forward Knowledge Musona. The speedy youngster, who now plays for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa rekindled the optimism that the Warriors could be on the rise again.

In their recent matches the Warriors suffered identical 3-0 defeats at the hand of Syria, Thailand and South Africa.

In contrast Malawi who were under the guidance of their local hero Kinnah Phiri took part at the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

During that tournament they caused a major upset in their first group match when they thumped world cup bound Algeria 3-0.

In contrast Zimbabwe has been on a freefall on the FIFA Coca Cola rankings dropping from 40th position to 117 within just 5 years.

According to the latest FIFA rankings the Warriors are now ranked a lowly 117 while Malawi is ranked 82.

The Warriors team that won yesterday was made up of locally based players who won the COSAFA Cup last year.

Skipper Bejnani Mwaruwari who plays for Sunderland in the English premiership and young Ovidy Karuru who plays for US Boulogne in the French league did not turn up for the match despite being named in the initial squad.

The current team of locally based players will remain in camp until they depart for Swaziland for their 2011 African Championships of Nations first round qualifier in Mbabane Swaziland on March 14.