Zimbabwe . . . . . . . . . (2) 2
Namibia . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
(Zimbabwe won 5-4 on penalties)
A HASTILY assembled new Warriors squad yesterday marked Zimbabwe’s return to international football with a penalty shootout victory over Namibia in a match that was part of President Emerson Mnangagwa's inauguration.
Mnangagwa was sworn in for a second five year term in front of a capacity National Sports Stadium after the disputed polls.
Organisers of yesterday's event roped in the Warriors and Namibia’s Brave Warriors as a sweetener.
And the two teams didn't disappoint as they served a good show.
Mthokozisi Msebe gave the home side an early lead, which was cancelled out by Eliakim Jackson.
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The Warriors regained their lead through Farai Banda, an advantage they took to the half time break.
But Edmund Kambanda bundled home a 66th minute equaliser. Although both sides created good chances later on, no team could find the winner forcing the match into a penalty shootout.
The hosts scored their penalties through Frank Makarati, who captained the team, Brighton Manhire, Liberty Masvaure, Peter Muduhwa and Msebe. Walter Musona's spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Ndisiro Kamaijanda.
Absolom Limbondi, Ueturuu Kambato, Romeo Kasume and Alfeus Leevi all converted for Namibia, while Devin Somseb and Ikeinge Erasmus were denied by the cross bar.
For winning the match, the Warriors, who were taken through their paces for this match by veteran coach Sunday Chidzambwa, walked away US$50 000 richer and a trophy.
The Brave Warriors received a US$25 000 consolation.