|Warriors fall to Zebras|
|Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:32|
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HASTILY assembled Zimbabwe found the going tough when they fell to hosts Botswana in a Three-nation invitational tournament at the Molelopolele stadium last night.
A solitary second half strike by Township Rollers forward Tebogo Sibhowa was all the Zebras needed to overcome a Warriors outfit that travelled for the tournament in batches after being hastily assembled at the weekend.
Gumbo had last week named a 21-man side of locals with the trio of striker Abbas Amidu, midfielder Denver Mukamba and defender Arnold Chaka the only foreign-based players.
before following their teammates just in time for the game which kicked off at 7pm.
The travel arrangement meant that that the Warriors could not train together before last night’s game and inevitably they fell to a Zebras outfit which draws most of its players from their domestic league.
The former FC Platinum coach then included winger Mandlenkosi Sibanda who plies his trade in Botswana with BMC for his second Warriors cap.
The Botswana Football Association arranged the tournament in order to give the Zebras a platform to prepare for their final 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali while the Warriors had been hoping to do the same ahead of their game against Angola.
But the team that lined up against the Zebras was more of a third string Warriors with only two or three of them likely to make the side that will face the Palancas Negras in September.
Botswana were the first to settle in last night’s match but it was the Warriors who had the first attempt on goal when Chicken Inn’s Danny Phiri saw his effort go just wide in the fifth minute.
In the 17th minute poor communication between Khumbulani Banda and goalkeeper Marlon Jani almost gifted the hosts with a goal but striker Penyo Mogala missed the target with an open goal yawning before him.
In the 39th minute Mapfumo brought down Mogala and from the resultant free-kick Michael Mogathi’s header crashed against the upright with Jani a beaten man.
Early into the second half the Zebras got what turned out to be the winner when Sibhowa beat Jani with a low shot from the far right. The Warriors will now play Lesotho tonight in their second and final game before returning home on Thursday.
“We are contemplating including our Under 20 for it to be the fourth team. If the other teams agree, we will take the Under 20s.” Kgame said.
“If I was in control of everything, I would stop everything to focus on the Mali game. The stadium that we are going to use in Mali is a 50 000 seater and if I had the powers, I would tell people to help me reach the target of 10 000 fans to go there with the team,” he said.