WARRIORS DEFEATS BAFANA BAFANA
By: Tony Manyangadze
An underestimated Zimbabwean soccer national team, Warriors, yesterday flogged South Africa by a well deserved score line of 2 goals to 1.
With nothing to lose, the Warriors displayed nothing but confidence, something that Bafana Bafana lacked, and good football.
“Zimbabwe were better than us. They deserved their victory. We were totally disjointed,” said Gordon Igesund, Bafana coach just after the match.
The first half was goalless but the statistics were just in favour of the home team. Bafana dominated in almost every aspect of the game except, the score line of course.
It was just after the second half that Knowledge Musona, Kaizer Chiefs striker, scored a brilliant score from a corner-kick giving Zimbabwe the lead.
Khama Billiat, another Zimbabwean forward was in top form, evidenced by him being awarded the man of the match. The Ajax Cape Town midfielder used his fast pace to tear down Bafana at the center of the filed.
Bafana’s hopes to get an equalizer were shuttered by Cuthbert Malajila stoppage time goal just minutes after he came in as a substitute.
In the sixth minute of the stoppage, Bafana scored a complimentary goal after Warriors goalkeeper, Washington Arubi was caught off guard by Bernard Parker’s well taken shot that left supports at Orlando Stadium with something to smile and talk about.
However, this defeat of Bafana by a not so highly ranked Zimbabwe and the subsequent team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year has left many asking for a new coach.