Warriors qualify


Wasteful Zimbabwe beat Seychelles to qualify for their second African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals next year after the final qualifier, second leg match played at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
Two second half goals from the Caps United duo of Method Mwanjali and second half substitute Tafadzwa Rusike atoned for the glaring misses by the striking partnership of Cuthbert Malajila and Nyasha Mushekwi.
Although the victory meant the Warriors completed qualification with a 100% record, coach Norman Mapeza should be worried after the team wasted a number of chances.
Rusike expressed his joy in scoring for the Warriors after joining camp late.
“I’m happy to have scored for the team but I hope the coach has forgiven me for coming late to camp,” said Rusike.
“I didn’t know I was going to be in the team and I hope by scoring today (yesterday), I showed that I’m committed to the team.”
After a goalless first half, Seychelles defender Maringo Jean handled a Benjamin Marere cross 10 minutes after the break in the box and captain Mwanjali converted from the spot to calm the Zimbabwean nerves.
Rusike then waltzed past the Seychelles defence after exchanging passes with Malajila to seal victory in the 71st minute, beating substitute goalkeeper Eupharasie Jose to the far past.
The Seychelles coach Nees Michael said he thought the penalty was controversial although he was quick to concede that even if it had not been given it could not have had a bearing on the match’s outcome.

Zimbabwe Team

E. Sibanda, Z Ngodzo, M Mwanjali, G Zhokinyu, Q Amini,B Ncube (T Rusike 45), A Rambanapasi (R Zhuwawo 74),B Marere, C Malajila,N Mushekwi (E Gwekwerere 71), L Mti