Warriors win


Zimbabwe have snatched their ticket to the quarterfinals of the 2014 African Nations Championship after defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the Group B’s last match played at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Monday.


After a goalless first half, Masimba Mambare put Zimbabwe ahead early into the second half which would stand unanswered until the final whistle.

Both teams were third and fourth placed in Group B coming into this encounter, with Zimbabwe slightly ahead with two points while Burkina Faso had just one.

The Warriors began with a stronger determination and had the game’s first clear chance with an exciting free kick on the edge of the Stallions box, but Kuda Mahachi’s on-target strike was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore.

Zimbabwe enjoyed possession across the half hour mark but in between nervy defending and good goalkeeping from Burkina Faso, the Southern Africans failed to find any breakthrough as the Stallions began to take matters in their hands.

Bassirou Ouedraogo got on the end of a deep cross near Zimbabwe box and unleashed his finish but it flashed narrowly off the far post.

Issouf Kabore had another good chance for Burkina Faso near the box but he was quickly knocked down before he could compose himself to fire. The ensuing free kick was parried by the Warriors goalkeeper Chigova, ending the first half in a goalless stalemate.

Zimbabwe came back from the break ruling the session like early in the first half, and after a couple of near misses Masimba Mambare opened the scoring after beating Burkina Faso keeper inside the box to head home an air ball.

Peter Moyo grabbed another chance for Zimbabwe but his beautiful volley went over the bar, as the opposing side struggled to avoid more havoc in the last quarter of the clash.

A great save from Kabore ended the meeting at the Athlone Stadium, with Zimbabwe finishing second in Group B and progressing to the knockout stage while Burkina Faso crash out.


  1. Zvinodakadza izvi, zvonwisa mvura, go warriors; go go warriors matipa simba reku supporter, we are fully behind you.

  2. Mambare brought the change.The coach shld nt be Dynamosified.These are warriors and he needs to motivate them.we want to win that one.

  3. Zvaonekwa boyz keep ut the good game we can win this tournament….WELL DONE ZIMBABWE,tanga taneta nema negative news….HIP HIP GO WARRIORS GO>>>>>>>vakomana vekwedu vanotamba seshumba#### yavanyama yekugocha…thanks Gorowa and yr team

  4. only scored 1goal in the group stage and conceded no goal but qualified to the quarter finals.what a miracle team!!!go warriors go§you have stopped ‘worrying us’


  6. Thnx to the guys they realy played well….we are proud of you guys…Peter Moyo played exceptionally well last night…now polish up some of the few mistakes ahead of the quater final match…..wishing you all the best and the nation at large…let the myth about Southern Africa be a thing of the past.

  7. was it Kuda mahachi whose ball was tipped over the bar .i dont think so,mareporter edu aya muchanyeba nyorai chaizvo zvamakaona.GO Warriors go makaita basa vakomana

  8. Is it not too early to celebrate if ever we mean serious business? Yes the guys won but the presence Of Tawanda Muparati in this team is very worrisome; so is the case with Donald Ngoma. The two players have done their part and should never again be allowed to mess up the beautiful warriors. @ Mr News Reporter, why did you not give us the line up? Gorowa. Look for talent and leave the Dynamos bias. I am a Full Dembare suppoeter but some of our staff you have there is real chaff with the exception of Patson Jaure and the goalkeeper. Tawanda Muparati ari kuvhiringidza nekuuraya moyo nezvipo pamwe nemufaro wenyika yose. Where you given some little to keep him in the team? We wonder.

  9. Well done Dibango and the Warriors. MaDembare please for once be responsible and allow us to celebrate our national teams’ triumph. Handina kuona Dembare first eleven anywhere apa, mukaverenga headline i think you will get it in your thick skulls kuti it’s all about the WARRIORS!!!!!!!

  10. I think our coach Gorowa should learn from other coaches how a game is slowed down when you a leading one zero in the last minutes .Why was his goal keeper hurrying instead of cooling and killing of the game. Gowora should see how west African and north African teams manage their time when they are leading in the last minutes .Gorowa, that’s simple coaching tactics, I am starting to doubt for coaching skills. It merely shows that you have no experience and understanding coaching at the highest level. Wake up and smell the coffee. Good luck to the boys

  11. vana tomaz nevamwe vako u are negative minded and very very unpatriotic.in the game of soccer no-one play to loose so its a very good result that the warriors qualified for the next round,if u were the hosts south africa maizoti kudini.GO WARRIORS GO.

  12. If there z a team tht wz vry much disappointed by yesterday,s results its non other than Uganda,they were over confident tht that they wil qualify to the next round bt ayas heyiiiiiiii go my beloved worriors go,just keep composed in the game against MALI,love u.

  13. Does NewsDay have a reporter and/or photographer in South Africa for the game. It might cost very litttle but it’s good journalism, in my view. Write your own stories and own photos please, not to give us stories we can google. The only thing that’s original about this is the comments from us readers

  14. Mahaters nyararai! This team deserves our support whether uchisupporter (others) you can’t help but notice that this is the best performing team. Go Zim, hopefully we will win against Mali and shame those who hate the Zim spirit.

  15. Gondobwe re gono you will understand what i mean when Zimbabwe plays an experienced side.Iye Gorowa knws what i am talking about sa kochara.The boys played well , i hv nothing against them.

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