Zim Warriors: Where art thou strikers?


WHILE the Warriors can still sneak into the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals after Burkina Faso forced a draw against Morocco on Thursday, Zimbabwe’s major worries remain in creativity and finishing.


The Warriors drew 0-0 against both Morocco last Sunday and Uganda on Thursday to leave them in third place on the Group B standings and needing an outright win over Burkina Faso on Monday to reach the last eight.

With 20 minutes into the match against Uganda, Zimbabwe could have gone ahead, but Ali Sadiki directed a Milton Ncube cross wide before Simba Sithole forced a save from Benjamin Ochan to the near box.

Kuda Mahachi’s mishit kissed the bar later in the second half and the ball fell to substitute Nelson Maziwisa whose shot was saved.
Sithole then made a mess of another Mahachi cross from the left before Charles Sibanda was also found wanting with an off target header, again from the Bantu Rovers’ man.

That all but summed up Zimbabwe’s poor show in front of goal and now we have Burkina Faso to thank for keeping us in the competition after their late show against Morocco.

But we have problems, honestly and can actually do better and reach the last eight.

Donald Ngoma might have to warm the bench at FC Platinum this season if his performances are anything to go by. Ngoma managed six goals in the 2013 episode and Simba Sithole, the less said the better. He is not supposed to be in the team, at least for now because he still lacks the sharpness that he exhibited in his early days at Caps United.

He has been to Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport and failed to impress and has had to return to Dynamos to try and resurrect his career. Playing at Rufaro Stadium is different from playing in a continental competition.

Charles Sibanda — He should start ahead of Ali Sadiki, as he was key in FC Platinum’s charge towards a fourth place finish last season, but has had to start from the bench, robbing Zimbabwe of further attacking prowess behind the strikers.

Peter Moyo — Did we need Tawanda Muparati in that match against Uganda? Not at all. We needed more creativity going upfront as the Cranes were waiting for the Zimbabwe attacks.

Danny “Deco” Phiri is as effective as ever in the holding role in front of a very solid Eric Chipeta and Patson Jaure-led defence, and we needed a player to subtract the Cranes defenders.

Muparati did not have that ability in that match.

It might be too much of a gamble, but when you play a team like Uganda that says come to us, there is no need to keep Hardlife Zvirekwi and Milton Ncube glued to their positions.

The missing man
Steven Sibanda — FC Platinum
The big and sure footed striker scored 12 goals last season for Buffaloes before he was snapped by high-spending FC Platinum early this month.

He was just six goals behind the golden boot winner Tendai Ndoro (18), who has now signed for Mpumalanga Black Aces in the South African Premiership.

Lone Warrior

Kuda Mahachi has been fighting a lone battle in the last two matches, delivering crosses from both wings, but the finishing has been pathetic to say the least.

Against Morocco, Ngoma missed twice, Sithole hit the post and Ali Sadiki simply returned the rebound to where the Atlas Lions goalkeeper was.

Against Uganda, Sithole and Sibanda missed clear-cut chances that could have simple sealed Zimbabwe’s victory.

Gorowa’s goals — In the eight matches that the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach has been in charge of the Warriors — he has managed 11 and he conceded just one in the 2-1 victory over Mozambique at Barbourfields.

Chan qualifiers (preliminary) vs Mauritius 3-0, 1-1
Chan qualifiers (final qualifiers) Zambia 0-0, 1-1
Friendly-vs Mozambique 2-1
Friendly-vs Gabon 2-0
But the other question that begs an answer from Zimbabwe coaches and scouts is: Do we have real strikers in the current league?
Against Burkina Faso on Monday, Gorowa must throw all caution to the wind and field this starting eleven: George Chigova, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Milton Ncube, Patson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Danny Phiri, Masimba Mambare, Peter Moyo, Kuda Mahachi, Charles Sibanda, Simba Sithole (How Mine)


  1. In as much as we’re all evidently upset by our strikers failure to find the back of the net, I feel that there is an anti-De’Mbare ‘mafia’ which has lost all reasoning & has decided to hate every De’mbare player in the national team, lets have a national outlook when players are saving their country so well or tongoisa maplayers eCaps neHighlanders kuti mufare

  2. Where did you leave the likes of Njabulo Ncube in the strike force. Your selection leave a lot to be desired. We have a lot of quality players in Zim not the ensemmble you sent to SA. There are only 5 players in Chan SA right now, vamwe makasiya kuno.

    • kkkkkkk i dont thnk th@ wil b necessary bt a caps o h/landers player z betta wy nt play him dats da case of muparati nd moyo

  3. Ndokuona bhora uko. Hapana anti-De Mbare apa as said by sum1 earlier. The fact of the matter is that Mparati does not create anything in that attacking role. They left the good strikers home and took ana Sithole kuti vaoonekwe nemascouts. Sithole must be feeling abused now! Zvikutomumakisa instead of marketing him. Hakuna ane conversion rate seya Charles Sibanda pane variko but Gorowa puts him on the bench! It myt be trick to throw the other Sithole in the deep end iye asina kana kumbotamba so far…so why not start naMaziwisa.

  4. That headline was either supposed to be “Where art thou, strikers” or “Where art thine strikers”.

    Shandisai Chirungu zvakanaka akomana.

  5. Guys the fact is we do not have good strikers at the moment but if we rearrange our midfield we can salvage something here. Some teams win matches these days without outright strikers because its every football player’s duty to score or defend regardless of position. Our strikers are rushing things up front and there is no support from midfielders. In the game against Uganda our strikers were out numbered hence they could not create clear cut chances, Gorowa should just encourage or midfielders to venture forward in the game against Burkina. Don’t worry we have already won 3-0. Go Zim bora!

  6. this team is better but strikers plz tipeiwo maserious, Rio MUST play against burkina NOT sithole zvakaramba and akamakisa he showed that he is now a spent force better atsvage rimwe basa kana kuita hake driver zvirinani bhora raramba. ngaazame kuita keeper kana refree kana chipo chake chiri cheku stadium haa coz kukava kwaramba

  7. We need only two strikers from a population of more than 12 million, just imagine. Tirikurasika papi ko?

  8. Gorowa should have carried some players from the young warriors like Musona,and Bernad since its for development.Iwas impressed by the teenagers from other teams like Burundu ,DRC etc

  9. What have our boys been doing on the pitch for 3 hours, if they were not scoring or conceding goals? The answer is simple: Running. So if they are basically runners, then their coach should be Tendai Chimusasa, not Ian Gorowa.

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