Zimbabwe settle for draw again

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CAPE TOWN-The Uganda Cranes have briefly maintained their lead in Group B of the on-going Africa Nations Championship after settling for a goalless draw against Zimbabwe on Thursday evening at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

Isaac Muleme of Uganda holds the ball up ahead of Ali Sadiki of Zimbabwe during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Zimbabwe and Uganda at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 16 January 2014-MTN FOOTBALL
Isaac Muleme of Uganda holds the ball up ahead of Ali Sadiki of Zimbabwe during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Zimbabwe and Uganda at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 16 January 2014-MTN FOOTBALL

Under lots of pressure by the Zimbabwe team that dominated the match for long spells, the Cranes managed to defend in numbers to secure a point. The draw takes them to four points from two games played after their 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in the first game.

Kudakwashe Mahachi who is on the brink of joining South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns together with Donald Ngoma were a constant threat for the Cranes backline, but poor finishing and good goalkeeping by the Ugandan goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan denied them chance to find the back of the net.

Zimbabwe who drew 0-0 with Morocco in the first game on January 12th looked a more hungry side as they passed the ball all over the pitch and run like it was a Cup final as their fans chanting from the start of the whistle.

After the interval Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic replaced re-placed off colour Brian Majwega for Joseph Mpande, but his team still failed to find a goal. It was lots of pressure for the Cranes, but Ochan performed so well stopping so many balls.

Cranes striker Junior Yunus Senfuka who scored a brace against Burkina Faso was kept out of the game by the Zimbabwe defenders who frustrated him. Richard Kasagga and Julius Ntambi were cautioned for Uganda.

Uganda’s State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi who watched the game said it was a tough encounter, but the Cranes stood firm. “They were under a lot of pressure from the good Zimbabwe team, but they defended well,” said Bakkabulindi. MTN Football

28 COMMENTS

  1. They will never win under this good sun because of someone who has messed up everything back home. Hope all the readers of this “telling it like as it is” like this paper know what l mean here. Hatimbofa takaita inonzi win as long as ZANU PF iri patop peleague regame iri…kikikikiikk

    • @KIREMENZI, utikwanire, yo satire borders on the irrational! zvabva kupi izvozvo! Im also disappointed by the team’s performance but I dont think MDC or any other party has anything to do with that.

  2. Gorowamos! The runners up to the Golden Boot winner could have done better than the useless duo of Ngoma and Sithole! Simba Sithole was fasttracked into that team to attract SA scouts! He is finished…and his miss shld be in contention for the miss of the Tournament. The real play-maker is Rio not Mparati…and no sane coach wld start Sadiki ahead of Charles Sibanda! Gorowa’s rise to ‘fame’ in the SA league was when he challenged Gavin Hunt to a brawl! Otherwyz he is a lightie and knows lil abt high level soccer

  3. Hapana team apa. Why Mahachi playing on the left? Let him play on th right and goals wil come. Our last game Mazivisa to start and Simba pabench period. Any way we ar knwn for drawing all our game kuchan. Watch last game idvd futi.

  4. Imihlolo sibili lisiyasiyangisisa.A trusted playmaker in the form of Rio doesn’t get to start the game because hatambiri dynamos.Gorowamos and his technical team are not patriotic they simply want kutengesa zvima player zwakapera kudhara.grow up

  5. how on earth you expect matanda aya kuhwina, except Mahachi, Ian and your rubbish don’t bother coming back…….

  6. u shld not call dynamos a national team,Gorowa,Pasuwa and muzadzi should hav taken e rest of dmbare boys to go practise for their champions league games as ey r duin!! how du hav 8 mediocre playaz ol frm e same team n call it a national team???? call in murape2 mayb he can du better!! i rest my case

  7. gorowa is big headed, arrogant and mr know it all you can see it from his face, how does he justify going ku CHAN nemaboozer, leaving the likes of Ronald Chitiyo and others when its clear that what is needed is creativity in front of goal, zvakaoma

  8. As long as Gorowa doesn’t pick his team on merit Zim will remain in doldrums. His idea and the’ fly-by night’ scouts in SA is to market mostly the overrated Dynamos players to the SA league at the expense of other deserving players in the squad. Please wake up Gorowa and smell the coffee and be a truly NATIONAL COACH

  9. Isn’t this the team that had almost every player saying “we are going to bring the cup” just before the start of the games? Talk about over-inflated egos? Nxa-a-a.

  10. This team still has the chance to qualify. All they need is a win against B/Faso and we are home and dry. Kutuka at this stage is unwarranted. At least they didn’t lose. A few tactical changes and we will come right. e.g. putting mahachi as the main striker achipinda nepakati when necessary, macrosses haasi kushanda. The long ball is also not working. I have a feeling that we will get there come Monday!!! Watch this space.

  11. Imi macdes, ku Div 1 hakuna ma gud players here? Who said they cant perform in top flight football ?Just a thought

  12. Gorowa is useless how can you play a useless and visionless Mparati ahead of Rio. better you start Mambare and leave Sithole even pasubstitute ngaabve hake

  13. its becoming clearer now that Mahachi was the best player last season its only that the soccer panelists few of them watched matches played by small teams hence their bias towards muparati who is just an average player.

  14. My personal opinion is that Gorowa and his divisors messed up our game in coming up with with a mediocre team especially upfront. Why leaving players in the likes of Songana, Walter Musona, Chitiyo and keeping Peter Moyo on the bench for such long, I think these youngsters would have combined well with other young players in the team like Zvirekwi, Mahachi and Muparati. Soccer is not about age skill counts and this is where we lost it all. The couch and his divisors that is if he has any need to consult soccer followers to come up with best combinations. Bias on selection of players does not do any good to our soccer. When corruption appears to be a vice that has won the hearts of many and crippled many a sector, please lets try to fight it and do our best not for the love of money but just the good of the sport. What a painful experience for the starved soccer lovers, these guys are doing a deservice…

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