Warriors qualify for finals

Zimbabwe’s Warriors have for the first time in two years brought smiles on the faces of their fans after qualifying for the 2014 Africa Nations Championships finals after beating Zambia’s Chipolopolo 1-0 in their own home yard of Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s Warriors
Zimbabwe’s Warriors

The Warriors needed at least a goal scoring draw or an outright win to qualify and did just that after a 65TH minute goal from Charles Sibanda secured victory and a place among the 16 teams that will gather in South Africa for the finals in January.

The Warriors go through on a 1-0 aggregate from the two legged tie. The result means the Warriors have qualified for all the Africa Nations Championships finals since the tournament was launched in 2009. The tournament is reserved for players who ply their trade for clubs in their own home countries.

Victory over the Zambians also avenges the Warriors’ 2-0 Cosafa Castle Cup final defeat to the same team on July 20.

Qualification also atones for Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals and their disastrous World Cup run in which they managed only a draw in five matches.

As Zimbabwe turns their attention to the finals, the Zimbabwe Football Association need to give coach Ian Gorowa some serious international matches to ensure a strong Zimbabwean team that should be able to sustain a realistic challenge for the title.

The Warriors have been eliminated in the first round in both the tournaments they have been at the finals.

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