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One step towards Afcon: Gorowa


WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa will build on the success of the local- based players who won a ticket to the African Nations Championships (Chan) ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2015 qualifiers.


The Warriors stunned Zambia with a 1-0 win playing in front of a hostile crowd at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday to progress to the finals in South Africa in January.

Gorowa said qualification came as a boost for the Warriors ahead of the more important Afcon qualifiers, which he has been tasked with to ensure success.

“We are all happy that we have qualified, it was always the target as we build a team that we hope will take us to Afcon 2015,” said Gorowa.

“We will continue working with this impressive group of players; they will play the World Cup qualifier against Mozambique as we build on. I am particularly happy for this group of players, people doubted that they could make it, but I always had belief in them and they have showed that they can play football. They are a good bunch of players to work with. They work hard and are always focused so I always knew that they could deliver something special.”

He said that playing at the tournament would mean more games and exposure for the players against tough oppositions as they shape up for Afcon 2015 qualifiers.

Gorowa said that after the home nil-all draw he told the players how important it was for them to qualify for Chan and they responded positively.

Together with his lieutenants Kalisto Pasuwa, Mkhuphali Masuku and Jairos Tapera, Gorowa came up with a number of surprises for Zambia which worked in the Warriors’ favour. Zimbabwe needed a scoring draw, but went further than that to win the match through a second half strike by Charles Sibanda.

Gorowa sent tongues wagging when he named his team a few hours before the match with Milton Ncube at left-back, while Peter Moyo, captain Masimba Mambare and Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati were all left out of the starting line-up.

Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova, who was not even on the bench in the first match, won a starting berth relegating Tafadzwa Dube to the bench.

“I knew that Zambia would try to bombard Dube with high crosses, so I thought this would not be his kind of game. He played very well in the first leg and I have made him my first choice, but we impinged on Zambia’s game plan.”

Gorowa played FC Platinum striker Donald Ngoma on the wing and explained that he wanted to add power in the team, while maintaining a speedy strike force of Nelson Maziwisa and Sibanda.

Maziwisa was instrumental in the solitary goal when he dispossessed Zambian captain and defender Bronson Chama and subsequently picked out Sibanda with a perfectly weighted ball for the later to bury.
But it was the defensive midfield duo of Devon Chafa and Danny Phiri who stole the show as they reduced Zambia to manage half chances.

In fact Zambia, playing full of confidence, dominated possession, but it was Zimbabwe who fashioned out the three best chances.

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