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31/05/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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TEENAGE Hadebe stole the show after scoring a brace as the Zimbabwe Warriors overcame a battling Uganda 2-0 in an international friendly at Rufaro on Tuesday.

Hadebe headed home five minutes into the match off a corner kick by Kuda Mahachi. He then completed his brace thirty-one minutes into the match profiting, again, from a corner kick by Mahachi.

Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa chose to rest most of his regulars ahead of the must win 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Flames of Malawi on Sunday.

Only Khama Billiat, Mahachi and Poland based midfielder Andrew Gwaze played a part in the match with Billiat being introduced 18 minutes before the end of the match.

But Pasuwa watched with satisfaction as his charges battled to victory against a team that is also preparing to play against Botswana this weekend in a battle for qualification at the biennial soccer show piece.

The Warriors dominated the first half and threatened with some fine raids. Evans Rusike came close moments later as his powerful shot went just over the bar.

But Uganda had their moments too, with forwards Rorenzen Merleveen and Okwi Emmanuel a constant threat to the home team’s defence.  Merleveen was even denied by the upright post at the stroke of the first half as Uganda pressed forward.

After the game, Uganda coach Micho praised the Warriors.

"We wanted to check the form of our players we succeeded we wanted to avoid injuries we succeeded we wanted the result we didn’t succeed,” he said.

“The Warriors are a group of great individuals coached by good friend of mine Kalisto Pasuwa. They are a great team that deserves to go to the African Cup of Nations.”

For his part, Pasuwa said: “The guys played very well.

“We have seen the areas we need to rectify before we play Malawi.  They were very good at set pieces and defensively as well.

“We are going to have a head ache as the technical team to come up with the final 18.”


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