Warriors douse Flames of Malawi in international friendly

zimbabwe_national_team_warriorsHARARE-WARRIORS coach Sunday Chidzambwa registered his first victory with the Warriors (Pictured) this year as Zimbabwe beat Malawi 2-1 in an international friendly match at Rufaro yesterday.

The last time Zimbabwe played a high profile international friendly match was against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the Moses Mabidha Stadium in Durban on 27 January where they lost 3-0.

But yesterday the Warriors registered a crucial victory over Malawi ahead of their African Nations Championship qualifiers.

The Flames of Malawi who took part at the African Cup of Nations finals in Angola in January where they beat world cup bound Algeria were the first to get out of the blocks as they scored as early as the 13th minute through the boot of striker Noel Mukandawire.

Mukandawire fired the ball home as he took advantage of the Warriors defence that went to sleep to allow the visitors to score any early goal. However, the Warriors inspired by South African based teenage sensation Knowledge Musona who was the only foreign based team in the team regrouped to score two goals through CAPS United midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike. Rusike scored from a free kick which took a deflection on 17 minutes before finishing off the visiting team with a beautiful strike in the 25th minute.

The locally based players are set to remain in camp as they prepare for the African Nations Championships ( CHAN) qualifier against Swaziland next weekend.

The tournament is played only by locally based players and Zimbabwe will get their campaign rolling with a date against Swaziland in Mbambane on March 14.

Zimbabwe, who made their debut at the CHAN finals in Cte dIvoire last year, will be seeking a second straight appearance at the CHAN tournament to be held in Sudan next year.

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