Knox comes of age but poor Hadebe curses his luck

Knox comes of age but poor Hadebe curses his luck 1

By Tadious Manyepo Just two positive touches out of his eight encounters with the ball helped substitute Knox Mutizwa produce his best performance in the Warriors colours at the National Sports Stadium yesterday. Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa playing for Golden Arrows in South Africa The Golden Arrows striker was desperate to put behind a forgettable display in the 2022 World Cup preliminary round, first leg tie, which the Warriors lost 0-1 in Djibouti. Mutizwa was one of the fall guys after missing a sitter in that match. Related Articles But,…

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Billiat stunner saves Zim blushes

Billiat stunner saves Zim blushes 2

Last updated Sep 10, 2019 32,431 A stoppage-time stunner from Kaizer Chiefs star Khama Billiat spared Zimbabwe from a humiliating result against Somalia. Zimbabwe survive Somalia scare in World Cup qualifier After their shock first leg defeat in Djibouti last week, the pressure was all on the home side as they called upon the Amakhosi star to reinforce their attacking options against the lowest rank side in Africa. Interim head coach Joey Antipas made five changes to his first XI that suffered defeat in the preliminary Qatar 2022 qualifier but…

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Evans Rusike wants blitzkrieg

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On Sep 10, 2019 7,866 By Tadious Manyepo Warriors striker Evans Rusike wants a blitzkrieg to help them overwhelm the Ocean Stars in this 2022 World Cup tie against Somalia at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon. Evans Rusike of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 31 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix Zimbabwe are on the back foot after a 0-1 loss in the first leg. “We lost the first leg but we mean business in…

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Khama gets call to provide X-factor

Khama gets call to provide X-factor 4

By Eddie Chikamhi The Warriors have turned to one of their talismen, Khama Billiat, to save their World Cup campaign at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon. Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat Zimbabwe were given a wake-up call last week when the gamble to field some players, without experience at this level, backfired terribly. Prior to the game, the Warriors had been expected to crush their opponents but they were made to pay a heavy price for their pedestrian approach to business. The loss in Djibouti has been…

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Tragedy, humiliation and banishment

Tragedy, humiliation and banishment 5

By Robson Sharuko From tragedy to humiliation, a banishment that signalled the beginning of the end of a chaotic Zifa board and to ignominy of losing to the world’s weakest football nation. Former coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa and his Warriors And, there was even that bizarre episode where the career of a thoroughbred radio and television football commentator was briefly put on hold. The Warriors’ romance with the World Cup qualifiers, since the turn of the millennium, has been a very rocky affair. Related Articles And, unless they turn around…

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Karuru back in Warriors fold

Karuru back in Warriors fold 6

By Tadious Manyepo Zifa appears to be softening their stance on players they had banned from being called into the national football team after they allowed interim coach Joey Antipas to include midfielder Ovidy Karuru in his squad. Ovidy Karuru The Warriors face Somalia in the 2022 World Cup preliminary round second leg tie against Somalia at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow after suffering a shock 0-1 defeat at the hands of the global minnows in the first leg on Thursday. But it is the inclusion of Karuru in the…

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Warriors match moved from Bulawayo to Harare

Warriors match moved from Bulawayo to Harare 7

By Grace Chingoma ZIFA have moved the Warriors’ home 2022 World Cup qualifier against Somalia to next Tuesday at the National Sports Stadium. Initially, the match was set for this Sunday at Barbourfields, but has now been switched upon the request of the Somalia Football Federation. WE’VE DONE IT . . . soccer fans bask in the glory of the Warriors qualification for the 32nd African Cup of Nations finals this year According to a statement from ZIFA, the visitors failed to secure flights to arrive in Bulawayo before the…

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‘Homeless’ Somalia shock Zimbabwe for first World Cup victory

‘Homeless’ Somalia shock Zimbabwe for first World Cup victory 8

By Robson Sharuko When the United States shocked England’s All-Star team 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, news organisations back in the United Kingdom receiving the result initially refused to run it. They all thought it was a mistake, England had won 10-1, and the report was a misprint and a 1, where their team’s scoreline read 0, had been left out by mistake. How could their team lose to an American amateur side featuring a postman, a mill worker and a funeral director? Such was the arrogance,…

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Antipas eyes Warriors global stage return

Antipas eyes Warriors global stage return 9

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo Exactly 2 188 days since their last World Cup match, the Warriors return to the competition when they take on Somalia in a Fifa World Cup 2022 preliminary round first-leg qualifier in Djibouti today. Warriors coach Joey Antipas The match set for Stade Du Ville kicks-off at 5PM Zimbabwean time. The Warriors were last in the competition on September 8, 2013, against Mozambique in a match that ended 1-1 at Rufaro Stadium for the 2014 Group G World Cup qualifier and ended bottom of the group without…

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Mushekwi notches century of goals in foreign leagues

Mushekwi notches century of goals in foreign leagues 10

By Robson Sharuko When the Warriors plunge into their first World Cup qualifier in five years, and their first competitive international game since the June 30 Cairo Catastrophe, 10 players who featured in that match in Egypt, will not be part of this battle in Djibouti. Nyasha Mushekwi Skipper Knowledge Musona leads a cast of those absentees who include Khama Billiat, Tendai Darikwa, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Lawrence Mhlanga, Danny Phiri, Ovidy Karuru and Talent Chawapiwa, who started that game in Cairo, and Tino Kadewere and Nyasha Mushekwi, who came in as…

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