Warriors crush Malawi

MALAWI……………. (0)1 ZIMBABWE……….. (1) 4

BY SPORTS REPORTER

ZIMBABWE’S preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football qualifiers began on a sound note with an emphatic victory away to Malawi at the Kamuzu Stadium yesterday afternoon.

The visitors dominated early and went ahead when midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo fired home from close range from a clever lay-off by Knowledge Musona in the 20th minute.

The hosts equalised five minutes after the half-time break, striker Atusaye Nyondo’s header from a cross on the left beating Washington Arubi in goal for the Warriors.

Zimbabwe regained the lead four minutes after the equaliser when Kudakwashe Mahachi connected from a Musona cross on the left with a first-time volley that gave the Malawian goalkeeper no chance.

The gulf in quality between the two sides would soon show. Half-time substitute Pascal Manhanga, who had came in for Danny Phiri, was quick to a through pass before showing great composure to beat the advancing keeper with a clean out-footed effort.

Mahachi then turned provider for the fourth goal which was netted by Kingston “King” Nkhatha in the 75th minute. The winger skilfully beat his marker on the byline before crossing the ball to an unmarked Nkhatha in the area to tap home, but at the second bite of the cherry.

Warriors coach Ian Gorowa named a relatively strong side for the match. Arubi started in goals and received cover at the back from Carrington Nyadombo (captain) who was partnered by Erick Chipeta at the heart of defence, while Milton Ncube and Hardlife Zvirekwi completed the back four.

Willard Katsande and Phiri started in central midfield with Musona and Mahachi on either wings. Rio was operating just behind lone striker Nkhata.

Gorowa also handed Caps United and Young Warriors player Ronald Pfumbidzai his first senior cap, the left-back playing the last three minutes of the match.

Katsande tweeted after the match: “When we play, we play to kill, well done, Warriors, it was a good performance.”

The good result will also ensure that the Warriors rise in the Fifa/Coca-Cola world rankings that will be released on March 13.

16 Comments

  1. Go worriors go

  2. well done Gorowa.we have seen Nkhatha,Musona and Katsande.Now call Mathew,Silas,Pritchad,Sadomba and Njabulo ,Khama and company ku Sundowns.Am very happy with your back line.Keep it up

  3. kelvin chiutare

    Well done warriors. You” played to kill”!!!!!!!!!!

  4. good results

  5. Afcon, here we come! Well done guys! Keep it up!

  6. well done warriors.bossolona supporters are quite but their three players who were called both scored kudai vari vedembare nhasi hameno .thanks guys yu show the spirit.Nyadombo deserves i salute yu Gorowa for naming him the captain kwete mfana anzwa nebench kusouth uko anonzi ani zviya ahhha Mukamba

  7. Tambai bhora vakomana

  8. pliz call back Nyasha Mushekwi we want him as lone striker. he is good for that.

  9. GO Warriors Go.Thumbs up 2 the coach and his troops 4 a job well done.@Warriors I believe Nyasha Mushekwi is injured 4 the rest of the Belgium league so tough luck my bro and I also wish him a speed recovery.

  10. Chiunduro WekwaMsana

    Well done worriors.To my fellow countrymen,selection of players is for the coach not us.We have got thousands of players,and the coach chooses what he thinks brings him results.Chedu kuombera,asi hamuzive kuti tirimasupporter here kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  11. zvaonekwa

  12. Mushekwi is still to cleared of Asia Gate to play for the National team…
    Chero akapora he wont be in the team if he’s not cleared

  13. @ warriors. Ah Mushekwi haatombokwani mu team iyi. Why recycling finished material? Is there anything special in playing overseas? He is finished and need not given any chance again. We have very competent players in many African leagues. Why not try them? Gorowa chitimu chako ichi chakafa ichi especially kumberi uko nepakati midfield yako inobvinza. Malawi is not a team to boast much about in winning against it. Call the west African nations like Nigeria amd do the same then we will raise your shoulders above the rest. Your trust in South African players is misguided. Ko ku Mozambique uko hakuna here ma competent players? South Africa was greatly humiliated yesterday; just for you to be informed.

  14. akutanga rinhiko maqualifies acho?

  15. What a performance, only dented by our chief marksman(Musona) not scoring a goal.

  16. raymond shoko

    vanhu havana chakanaka it seemed the good days are back thus head start welldone

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