Sikhumbuzo Moyo in CAIRO, Egypt
AFTER another spirited show which, however, yielded another disappointing result at Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night, former Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has not yet thrown in the towel and believes qualification for the AFCON knock-out stages is still possible.
Zimbabwe Warriors drew 1-1 with Uganda in their second Group A match in a contest that had it been a boxing match, they could easily have won by a unanimous points decision but being a football match, only goals decide who the winner and or the loser is, without a superior goal ratio you can’t win, you can at the least come up with a draw and that’s exactly what the Warriors managed here in Cairo.
Not even a clear home crowd support could help provide that luck to punish The Cranes, despite creating a lot of chances far better than in the opening match against Egypt.
Captain Knowledge Musona, on another day, could have scored at least two goals and with a bit of even more luck a hat-trick was very possible but alas for the Smilling Assasin he could only assist in Zimbabwe’s first tournament goal scored by Khama Billiat.
The goal was engineered with a touch of excellence when the skipper beautifully chested to an on rushing Ovidy Karuru who rode a tackle and got into the box before laying a hard and low cross onto the path of Billiat who had ghosted in behind the Ugandan defenders.
The goal was a true reflection of the Warriors’ dominance and desire to grab all the three points and it all seemed on course until the 65th minute when the technical bench d
ecided to take off Thabani Kamusoko.