Gorowa thrilled

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CAPE TOWN — Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa says that he is thrilled for his Zimbabwe team who made history by reaching the Chan 2014 quarterfinals.

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The Warriors beat Burkina Faso 1-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals along with Morocco — who beat Uganda — from Group B.

Masimba Mambare scored the all-important goal, a brave near post header which sent the thousands of Zimbabwe fans at Athlone Stadium into frenzy.

“We have been playing well and scoring goals. I think we can still do better. But I was happy with our performance in the first two games — we just could not score,” reflects Gorowa.

“History has been made because Zimbabwe has never made it to the quarterfinals of any tournament. But we can improve and I am very proud of my boys.”

“The supporters have been amazing, I must be honest. They have supported us through and through, right from the start of the event, and I think the fans give our players an edge. I think this win at Athlone Stadium (against Burkina Faso) we will dedicate to our fans.”

Zimbabwe face Mali on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Peter Moyo was named man of the match in Zimbabwe’s 1-0 win over Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium on Monday evening.

The midfielder was pivotal as the Warriors booked their place in the last eight of the competition. Moyo was strong in the tackle, winning the loose ball with distinction while also posing a constant threat on attack.

He played a role in Mambare’s winner while also setting up his teammates on a couple of occasions, his vision will be vital if the Warriors were to get past Mali and subsequently reach the last four.
Gorowa, who has constantly told his players that success at Chan 2014 is the bigger picture, says an Absa Premier Soccer League contract is not the target.

“I have said it before that good performances here at Chan 2014 can open a ticket to the PSL for our players or any players in the tournament,” said Gorowa.

“But the picture is much bigger than that — it is all about doing well in the tournament. I said to the boys that a transfer or something for their own benefit will come if the team does well and is successful in the tournament.

“We have qualified the hard way; we waited right till the end of our group. But overall we defended very well and have not conceded a goal so I am very happy with that.”
Some of the players that have stood out in this Zimbabwe team and who have attracted the interest of people within South Africa’s PSL circles are goalkeeper George Chigova as well as midfielders Kuda Mahachi and Mambare.

“I think our goalkeeper, George Chigova, who has attracted a lot of attention is still young and can improve,” Gorowa offers.

“Look, I’m happy that we have such a player in the team. But I must mention everybody. The total commitment of everybody must be commended.”

The ball was fed out to Josemar on the right of the penalty-box and he was left unmarked to blast the ball home.

But that advantage lasted just three minutes into the second half as Mali got the equaliser.

Sidibe was released into the box by Abdoulaye Sissoko and he skipped past two defenders before firing low past Soarito in the Mozambique goal.

As the seconds ebbed away, Traore was clattered in the box as he looked to latch onto a cross in the box and converted the penalty he had won to hand his side victory.

28 COMMENTS

  1. WHILE the warriors have made history but there is nothing special and we should not get carried away in the fact that the national team reached the quarter finals. Chan is not a true reflection of African football. For all the teams that won the nations Cup since 1992 only Nigeria is participating .And South africa qualified only as hosts.

    considering that Dembare which has supplied 75% of the players is a powerhouse in african club football the warriors the least are expected is to reach the semi finals. we can not make noise by a mere fact that we beat Uganda and burkina faso who are little know in african club football. Plus our national team has five players who are regular in the “full National team” these are Chigova , Zvirekwi, Jaure, Chipeta and mambare.

  2. please dembare supporters stop this nonsense of only praise worshiping your players. Jaure and Chigova are not the only reason why the warriors are yet to concede a goal. Chipeta has also played a crucial role in that central defence, while the wing backs of ncube and zvirekwi have also done a good job by limiting crosses into the box. respect should also go to the defensive midfield led by Phiri. this means our goalkeeper and the two center backs have not been exposed

    while chigova is still to concede a goal he has made the least number of saves than the other goal keepers at the tournament. the nigerian goalie who has conceded 5 goals has made 10 crucial saves , 8 more than Chigova. remember in 2012 Ivory coast did not concede a goal in open play but their goalkeeper was not the best of the tourney. instead mwene was best goalkeeper of that edition of nations cup

  3. i dreamt that all the De Mbare players in the squad were bought despite being registered for Champions league. Kkkkkk!

  4. plz gyz asist gorowa 2 c hibron makukutu if he coms back to resolv the scoring issue and he mst take all the top goal scores and he must put his focus in mutare not in harare only plizzzzzzzzzzz help gorowa

  5. Ukona anoshopodzaa zvakitwa neboyz muroyi…viva waorriors viva we are a football nation we provide SA with quality players year in year out….we have lifted cosafa several times i think Gorowa stayed in SA for long to forget its a majotr tournament…..
    there is not DeMbare,Caps or Bosso its ZIMBABWE playing guys…lets support our team with unity

  6. Taura hako mupostori saka ichinzi Warriors kutaura kuti Zimbabwe national team zvenyu zveshoora tibvirei bhora mugedhi tinohwina chete Warriors woooooye

  7. it seems many comments here are of pple with little knowledge of real soccer.Chan is the biggest stage so far for Zimbabwe than the cosafa thing whose significance is not recognized by FIFA ON ITS Calender.For the first time The worriors have qualified for quater finals for a continental showcase and rubbing shoulders with the best of local African talent.Gorowa is very right on that.Dembare has only 3 players regularily being fielded so where is the 75% Demabare players coming from.All baised pple always hate Dembare decided to tell lies as if we do not know our own soccer.WHEN IVORY COAST AND CAMEROON not there becoz they failed to qualify does this mean its not an event.How many times AFCON finals event where Nigeria and Cameroon failed to participate due to dismal performance.Burkinafaso played in the Afcon finals with NIGERIA,so Mali,Morocco,DRC and Ghan are African power houses.When thses are around is that not an important event??Those not there its not by design but they failed to qualify just like Zambia failed at the expense of Zimbabwe….lets celebrate this historic achievement since Independence,this the first major one for our beloved Warriors.

  8. I have coached dembare before saka chii chshamisa apa, stop saying gorowa is happy becaz haana kupinda muground kuti atambe, thats how we where doing things over at dembare. mubvunzeyi mufana uyu anozviziva chaizvo

  9. Go warriors go. Our players are good enough to compete with Africa’s best. Our administrators should learn one or two things on how to bring about success. Well funded national team projects bring good results.

  10. the warrior have actually not only progressed in the Cosafa but actually won it a record time, so the statement that the warriors have never prigressed in any tournament is mischivious

  11. As much as we are celebrating for mereley nothing focus should directed at how gorowa is going to outplay mali.

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