Gorowa credits Libya resistance

Ian Gorowa

BLOEMFONTEIN — Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa has credited Libya’s resistance and ability to frustrate his Warriors which saw Javier Clemente’s side reach the Chan final via a penalty shoot-out.

Gorowa’s side was by far the better side on the evening in Bloemfontein, but failed to produce anything from their chances across the 120 minutes of goalless semifinal action.

“Congratulations to Libya for making the final and they should be saluted for this,” said the coach after the 5-4 defeat.

“It’s disappointing to lose the way we did tonight. We dominated possession and had a few clear cut chances, but credit goes to Libya for slowing down the game to their advantage.”

Goalkeeper Mohammed Nashnush frustrated the Warriors with his display in between the posts before going on to score the decisive spot-kick which put Libya into Saturday’s final.

“They disrupted us and defended well enough to stop us from scoring,” continued Gorowa.

“Our solid defence, which has conceded only one goal so far in this competition, held on well and Libya hardly threatened our goal.

“We did practice penalties and always do, but in a match situation the pressure is different and you just can never tell the outcome.”

Libya coach Javier Clemente voiced his pleasure in seeing Libya progress to the final of the Chan finals.
The Mediterranean Knights progressed into the final of the 2014 Chan tournament following a dull goalless 90 minutes which was preceded by another uneventful 30 minutes of extra-time.

Libya won the lottery penalty shootout 5-4 with goalkeeper Nashnush scoring the decisive spot kick to send the debutants into the final.

“I am very happy that we have reached the final, but first l want to congratulate Zimbabwe who were the better team tonight and did not give us a chance to play our game,” Clemente said after the game.

This team remained believing they could get something out of the match and as often is the case with football we managed to win the penalty shoot-out.

“Zimbabwe is a good side and their striker number 19 (Simba Sithole) is a fine player as is number 10 (Kudakwashe Mahachi), 12 (Ali Sadiki) and 13 (Peter Moyo).

“I must compliment my young side for showing resilience all the way and now we play in the final.”
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  1. I missed a penalty in 1932 while playing for Nyasaland Delinquents against Salisbury Truants we lost 5 to 4 I did not return to Nyasaland for fear of retribution to this dear am still haunted by that miss.

  2. Welldone Dibango…Zifa keep his contact inctact and he seems to have knowledge of modern football..
    God and polish all the mistakes we did in CHAN we can win CAF.
    GOD bless Zimbabwe

  3. Yu are not serious my frend, go and coach liberia then, how can yu draw with a team that doesent have a league…pamusoro pazzvo yu give them praises. we needed the chan cup to compansate on our lake of seriousness on every continental competitions, newewo futi journalist yu are an idiot, how can you post such a title.

  4. The Simba Sithole goal was not offside by any stretch of the rules of the game. Otherwise a flawless performance by the team. If we can retain this team locally for another year, they will be a force to recon with. The strategy of buy and destroy will be used again by the South African teams and TP Mazembe.

    ZIFA has to introduce a system of lucratively contracting players like was done in ZC of yester-year, for a two year period to build a strong national team.

  5. Yes gorowa but,……. may the boys also use their brains not just their feet!

    See, the North Africans used their grey matter and defended their weaknesses turning them into strengths.

    Surely, if you do not score,you do not win. Learn this basic rule and talk of getting any cup

  6. Fankly speaking nigeria &ghana are the teams which deserve to be in finals.ours are average players who can’t stand pressure,watch nigeria game then you will see where our players belong

  7. Welldone, Dibango. Welldone our Warriors. You broke the record of not making it outside the group stages. Now, that’s what we call progress. Ian, your choice of players was limited as demanded by the provisions of the Chan games. We saw what are local guys can do. We need now gel these players with those who play outside the country as we prepare for Afcon. You have done us proud. As far as the competion is concerned, we are in the top four of African rankings. Once again I say congratulations, Sir.

  8. Gorowa should build the national team around his CHAN squad. What is needed is the striking force of the calibre of Musona ,Biillat.or he should have taken harare city strikers.Chigova,defence and midfield are a marvel to watch. Keep it up coach.

  9. My gratitude to Gorowa and the team. that was beautiful football through and through. keep it up. with this type of play we are going to win major tournaments and leave our critics with sand in the mouth,ears and eyes.

  10. Mumba, Mumba, Mumba! Why ar u mamba minded? Why ar u mombo mouthed? Gorowa did a good job. In ths job, h z more man than you. Kana musina zvekutaura shut up.

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