Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo was left feeling cursed yesterday as his charges missed a glut of chances against Guinea.
We were just unfortunate to lose this game because we created many chances, but failed to bury them. In football if you do not score you will not win. We were just unlucky. Now we will have to sit down and plan for the Mozambique game, said Gumbo.
Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer conceded he had a torrid time on the touchline as the Warriors produced anxious moments for his side on numerous occasions.
As expected, the match was fine. We just had one free kick and scored. Zimbabwe has good players who matched my men. They created a lot of chances, but were just unlucky not to score, said Dussuyer.
We expected a very tough game so we were not surprised by the challenge posed by Zimbabwe who were very threatening most of the times. In the first half we played very well but came back for the second half a little bit weak.
His captain Kamil Zayatte also felt they were fortunate to escape unscathed.
Zimbabwe are a good side with a lot of good players and I am sure they have big chances of winning their next game. But luck was not on their side today (yesterday).
Warriors midfielder Ovidy Karuru wants to quickly forget yesterdays match and is already looking forward to next weekends match against Mozambique.
We conceded a goal but failed to recover because we could not convert those chances that came our way. This was a match we played at home so it came with a lot of pressure on us.
We played better than Guinea especially in the second half. But I strongly believe we can win our next game.
I do not think this defeat will affect our morale. What we just have to do is keep working hard and win the next game.