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Mutasa goal helps Young Warriors dispatch Cameroon


Goal delight ... Zimbabwe players celebrate their victory against Cameroon on Sunday

23/03/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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YOUNG Warriors captain Wisdom Mutasa - son of Dynamos legend Lloyd Mutasa - scored the only goal that helped Zimbabwe beat fancied Cameroon in an All-Africa Games second round, first leg tie at Rufaro on Sunday.

Mutasa – who captained the team for the first time - led by example, finishing off a cross from Dynamos right back Blessing Moyo with a simple tap-in on 22 minutes.

The match was watched by a small crowd that included sports minister Andrew Langa.

Coach Callisto Pasuwa had called up several players who failed to join camp because the match falls outside the Fifa calendar for international matches.

He had also called up some players from Highlanders such as striker Thomas Chidewu and Nqobizitha Masuku who were withdrawn on the eve of the game to play in the league against ZPC Kariba on Saturday.

Still Pasuwa’s charges emerged victorious.


Assured play ... Ronald Tapiwa Pfumbidzai shields teh ball away from a Cameroon player

The Young Warriors controlled the match in the first half and threatened with some good raids but their finishing was poor.

Cameroon though had moments in which they threatened the home team with Tchamabo Brice coming close on 30 minutes while Mougang Bassogog also had a good opportunity on 41 minutes but was denied by goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva with a fine save.

In the second half, Cameroon took control and launched some dangerous raids and, on 84 minutes, the visitors could have drawn level after their captain Tabi Manga unleashed a shot off a corner kick but an alert Mutasa cleared the ball from the line.

Pasuwa was pleased with the result.

“It’s a good result for us. We played well defensively and going forward but we need to work on the strike force, there was no combination,” he said.

“The challenge I am facing as national team coach is that clubs own players and we ended up losing some of the players we needed for this match.

“I am sure if we can prepare well for the second leg, we can pull off a good result.”

Cameroon coach Ndjili Ndengue Pierre attributed the defeat to lack of preparedness and promised to field a full strength side in the return leg.



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“We had just 10 days of training with the team and we also could not bring some of our players who are outside the country.

“Zimbabwe played very well but we are going to call some of our players outside the country in two weeks’ time and I am confident we can overturn the result,” he said.

TEAMS

Zimbabwe: T Mukuruva, L Mutasa, R Pfumbidzai, B Moyo, L Chakoroma, T Hadebe (L Mhlanga 87th), G Takwana, P Tonha, M Gaki, P Mpelele (A Dzumbunu 62nd), C Rusere

Cameroon: N Ndjona, T Manga, M Djetei, M Mballa, T Siewe, H Yama (N Mfifeni 38th), T Brice, D Armel, B Anselme (M Junior 53rd), M Bassogog (A Yann 67th)


 
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