Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe Select . . . . . . . . . . . (3) 3
Namibia Select . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Victor Bangira-inspired Zimbabwe Defence Forces Select side beat their Namibian counterparts to win the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Challenge Trophy at the National Stadium yesterday.
The hosts opened their account in the 10th minute through Bangira, who gave the opponents a torrid time each time he was in possession and attacking mainly from the right.
Bangira converted a cross from Lawrence Mapuya to put Zimbabwe into the lead, while Brian Muzondiwa added another goal six minutes later.
Bangira then ended this match as a contest in the 42nd minute when he grabbed his second goal.
Namibia returned from the breather a more determined side as they created several chances with Victor Klaazen, who had turned himself into the darling of some of the local fans, leading their assault.
Klaazen was later rewarded in the 90th minute when he finished off a fine solo move by beating Herbert Rusawo who was in goals for the hosts.
Namibia Defence Forces team coach Gerhardt Hengarj said they had problems during their preparations, but they felt honoured to be part of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day celebrations.
“We did not have much time to prepare as the invitation came late, but we managed to give them a good run, especially in the second half.
“We are very happy to be associated with such high-profile events and we hope to return the same favour in the future,” said Hengari.
Zimbabwe Select: H. Sungawo, T. Chokuwamba (E Mawokere), B.Gumbo, W.Kapinda, B.Chandisaita, T.Gonyora, E.Chirape (P.Zivengwa 54th min), T.Munyen’eni, V.Bangira, B.Muzondiwa, L.Mapuya
Namibia Select: R. Tjitaura, R.Uirab, V.Namolo, S.Shilongo, M.Nuumbembe, J. Ndjalo, P. Khairabeb, L. Katjingisiua, V.Klaazen, A.Kadila, H. Ochurub.