The Zimbabwe Warriors showed their mettle, surviving a ‘Survivor Series’ and dusting themselves up, walking tall into the hostile Samuel Doe Stadium and even taking a first half lead through Knowledge Musona against all odds, before eventually ceding that lead due to a school-boy error by the goalkeeper, Washington Arubi.
Caretaker coach, former Zimbabwe captain, Norman Mapeza did a good job in trying to get something out of the players who endured so much negativity before the match.
Save for that, their finishing, particularly Knowledge Musona, was poor. Indeed, to add salt to injury, match officiating was appalling but the brave Warriors would have done themselves a big favour to wrap up the game and make it impossible for the referee to play a role in determining the final scoreline.
Whilst Zimbabwe’s goal by Musona was a legitimate beauty, controversy surrounds Russian based Sekou Oliseh’s equaliser with protests of an infringement on the goalkeeper Arubi, dominating the Warriors’ response of the Liberians goal. However a closer look reveals that the Warriors keeper Washington Arubi was ball watching.
Instead of attacking the ball he was planted on the line, waiting for it. As he was about to collect the ball, the marauding figure of gifted Oliseh stole possession from him and knocked home the equaliser. overall performance from the Warriors was excellent though the strike force needs sharpening and the goalkeeper is great cause for concern given his aerial weaknesses.
God willing, you will be getting the visuals on your blog of choice. Was it wise for the coach to leave Ezrom Nyandoro and Benjani Mwaruwari from the team?