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CAPE TOWN — Zimbabwe and Morocco played to a goalless stalemate in the opening game of their Group B Caf African Nations Championship (CHAN) at Athlone Stadium yesterday.

— MTN Football

It was not the best of displays from either team as neither were able to fashion decent scoring opportunities.

Instead, it was a rather scrappy affair characterised by some wasteful passing in the final third of the field.

Neither team looked promising in attack as they squandered possession rather cheaply.

Chances on goal were a rare thing as most of the game was concentrated in the middle of the park.

In the eighth minute Issam Erraki fired a 25-yard set-piece into the defensive wall, but was quickest to react and pounce on the rebound, but again he was disappointed as the keeper produced a great save to deny him.

The next chance on goal only came in the 40th minute as Zimbabwe’s Donald Ngoma got on the end of a corner-kick, but his header from six-yards went narrowly wide. The start of the second 45 was also a cagey affair as both teams sat back in defence.

Morocco, though, should have scored ten minutes after the restart as Zakaria El Hachimi curled an effort inches wide from just inside the box.

In the 64th minute Zimbabwe struck the post as Simbarashe Sithole let loose from just outside the box, the rebound then fell to Ali Sadiki who saw his attempt superbly saved by Nadir Lamyaghri.

Ten minutes later, Sadiki tried his luck on goal again from a tight angle way out, but his effort went wide of the goal.

In the 79th minute Abdessamad Rafik beat a couple of defenders before firing on goal, but his attempt was easily saved by George Chigova.

Neither team could go on to find the winner as the match ended all-square and the points were shared in the opening Group B game.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football has revealed that the winners of the 2014 CHAN will bag in the range of $750 000 to $800 000.

Almamy Kabele Camara, Caf second vice-president, disclosed during a media briefing at the Cape Town ICC yesterday morning that all teams will get some cash, but added that all this depends on how the revenue came in.

“We have already set cash and all participating teams will get something, but all this depends on the revenue to be collected from the tournament that started on January 11 and climaxes on February 1.”

At the 2011 edition held in Khartoum, Sudan, all teams received cash including those that fell out in the group stages pocketed $100 000.

He said during the first edition of the CHAN tournament held in Ivory Coast, there was no revenue made, while the 2011 edition in Sudan fetched some revenue which was also distributed to teams.

“I was happy with the opening ceremony yesterday (Saturday) and the numbers of South Africans who graced the two matches, but we call upon football-loving people to grace this tournament which showcases the talents we have in Africa,” he said.

Starting line-ups
Zimbabwe: George Chigova, Eric Chipeta, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Patson Jaure, Milton Ncube, Danny Phiri, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Donald Ngoma, Ali Sadiki, Pasca Manhanga, Simbarashe Sithole.
Morocco: Nadir Lamyaghric, Aderrahim Achchkir, Zakaria El Hachimi, Mohamed Abarhoun, Mohsine Moutaquali, Anas Al Asbahi, Issam Eraki, Walid El Karti, Mohamed Oulhaj, Iajour Mouhssine, Brahim El Bahri.

31 COMMENTS

  1. The usual zim song of so near yet so far. We respected our opponents too much probably because five had played in the club world cup with raja Casablanca.
    Warriors are now known as the drawing boys

  2. Zimbabwe played a better game its only that they failed to score which is common in any soccer game. Be fair when reporting

  3. The reporter must have been a very good player although we never heard of him or has no clue at all of soccer. Pathetic reporting

  4. Hapana zvakaitwa paya. Only one movement yaZvirekwi ndoyaiva nemusoro chete. Maybe next game we wl score. 90 mins 1 shot at goal?

  5. Ths reporter s lazy…..3/4 f ths story s a supersport story h linched frm the supersprt websit….h ddnt even watch the game h jus copied and pasted…..lazy bugger…..Zim had a good second half thoo we need strikers bt they were nt bad
    ..as a frst game….lets cee hw they far wt uganda

  6. I do not think it is true that it was a scrappy affair. I think it was one of the best games, better than the 2nd game Uganda vs B faso

  7. Zim vs Morroco was good gme but its time Zim shld show Africa that we have talent ,i agree with one who said we respected our opponents too much.Go warriors 2nd game

  8. poor and negative reporting,true to speak the warriors played very well,remember the Moroccan team boasts of a number of players who have been subjected to very competitive soccer recently playing bayern munich,hey tendaiwo vana vevamwe

  9. Did ZBC bring the match live. kkkkkkkkk. All the funds were looted by Happison who was in the VIP arena. Booked to seats in one coz he has grown so fat and rich that one is not enough .kkk. The team played well save for a blank strike force. Donald Ngoma has no clue what so ever about how to score. Ko Nyamandwe akasarirei. Jujumos Mafia.

  10. IF I WERE THE ADVISOR
    for presidential scholarships I would recommend full scholarships for the fabulous five PE Basketball team that has been doing courtwonders locally and internationally. soccer has not beenwinning anything at all.

  11. Fungaiwo kuti nyika ine team iri kutamba kuChan haibeam even game reteam yayo. Nyika isina team iri kutamba ichibeama magames awa. How pathetic has our National Broadcaster become? Thus why vanhu vachiiti DEADBC

  12. Bearing in mind that this was a high profile game the Warriors did well to take a safety approach in the early stages and managed to express themselves intelligently only to be let down by an out of sorts Donald Ngoma whose play was not good enough to justify his presence in the first eleven.Next time good luck.

  13. hahaha takaspakwa vakomana timu yakatopenga manje iyoyi even kuno kuSA it won a lot of respect..of coz vanosvora vanongosvora but for the first time in a very long time I saw that worrier spirit in our boys.vese vaitamba vana ava kutadza kunwisa kwakavepo hako but Morroco are no pushovers like Mozambique kana ana Burkina Faso.ndakatonzwa masouth africans achiti dai vaive ivo vakakinditswa neMorocco….Go worriors goals.. Thanks Dibango

  14. Team iyi is even one of the best teams ever. Nyangwe ma foreign based players haakwani pa central defense ya Erick Chipeta na Patson Jaure. Problem iri pa strike force pari kungotambiswa madandara vana Tawanda Muparati vasina zvavanomboona. I think Tawanda Muparati is a son of a certain politician for he is killing our national soccer game wherever he is included yet this message is continuously being ignored. Gorowa, polish up your strike force by starting with Nelson Maziwisa ubvise Muparati uyo mu team yedu zvachose. Ndiye munhu uri kuuraisa team uyo. You are not progressing to the quarter finals because of something that can be easily prevented. Bvisa madandara ako eku strike force uise vanhu vanoona mambure. Muparati na Donald Ngoma out for good; and our team will win. Well done boys for the excellent display.

    • Wataura hako @Huwerengwa asi maonero angu Muparati haasi problem uye pagame irori paakapinda akatomutsa mutambo because mid yedu yakatsva. Pana Ngoma haa yangove hari yofanzirofa , munhu anocelebrata go bhora asiti arova bhora racho.
      This team yatinayo yakabatana kunge chimoko cheChiXosa hatineedi maforeign based Gorowa ngaanurture vapfana ivava.

  15. Mfana anonzi Mahachi akapenga,i think Zim has talent imari chete irikubiwa nembavha idzi otherwise our league is competitive and mots SA teams want our local based players….SA has advantage noone plays in abroad kikikikikikiki kikikikikikikikiki GO ZIM GO,show Uganda pepe!

  16. Haaaaaaaa thou Zim yakatamba bt ZBC TV ngaisadaro kutadza kuti buritsira bhora pa National level of which you say we want to promote local talent instead moburitsa zvima horror western movies are we westerns we are Zimbabweans and we need Zimbo flavour .aaaaaaaaaaaa musadaro nhai

  17. Sadiki, Hardlife,Mahachi, Patson J ,Piri, N’ube and Gorge vakomana zvipo munazvo .The captain P J, Futi munotamba makabatana team chaiyo rambai makadaro go warrior go

  18. We played well though we were not precise in front of the goal. Zvirekwi & Mahachi were comfortable on the ball but other players were nervous. We have the talent but we were kinda jittery & ended up rushing our moves. Players like Mparati, Simba, Ngoma and Pascal need more self belief. Go warriors go.

  19. Who held who? Warriors held by Morrocans or the other way round. Ndibatsireiwo. It’s always a very confusing but commonly used descriptive phrase. My best guess is the stronger team is said to have been held by the underdogs, in the event of a draw. Correct?

  20. Basing on the preparations which were made,they tried their best.Dambudziko ratinaro nderekuti tinoda maresults isu pasina chataita.Iye zvino we are not marketing our players but we are after politics on ZTV when other nations are covering all live matches.Isu totoona our national team on BTV after all we are paying $50 licence fees.

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