History has repeated itself once again as the Warriors of Zimbabwe lose their opening match of the CHAN Finals in an thrilling encounter with neighboring Zambia this afternoon in Rwanda.
14:50 Teams enter the pitch, and National Anthems
15:00 KICK OFF
15:05 Zambia attacks and misses a great chance
15:08 Chitiyo blind pass, but Zambia loses possession and Zim wins a corner kick
15:09 Mushure behind it, but Chitiyo fails to connect well, and strikes wide, going out for a goal kick
15:15 Zambia 0-0 Zim
15:18 Zambia enjoying more possession,warriors failing to settle down
15:20 Zvirekwi, Chitiyo, & Zikumbawire exchange some beauties, but fails to pass throu the Chipolopolo left back
15;22 Zambia attacking, Mushure operating below par
15:25 Chitiyo beats his marker, leaving him for dead, but shoots wide
15:30 Zambia attacking dangaerously but Zvirekwi defends well, to Mushure, and he clears sending a long one to Zikumbawire, and Zim wins a free kick near the Zambian box
15:31 Zvirekwi behind it, but Zikumbawire and Mushure confuses each other, Mushure wins the ball, finds Chirambadare but Katongo clears the danger.
15:32 Zambia 0-0 Zim
15:37 Warriors awarded a free kick, Chitiyo sends a long one to Zvirekwi, Zvirekwi to Xhirambadare, who roasts his markers but Zambia defends well
15:43 Free kick to Zambia after a clumsy challeng on a Zambian player by Takwara, and he is booked. Donovan collects.
15:45 Zim attacking and more comfortable on the ball
15:45 2 minutes added as injury tym
15:46 Chirambadare sets up Mtizwa a beauty but the later directed his effort sideways when it was to score than to miss
15:47 HALF TIME: ZAMBIA 0-0 ZIMBABWE
16:03 SECOND HALF RESUMES
16:08 Zambia attacking dangerously
16:12 Donovan keeps the warriors in play as he make a breath taking save. Mtizwa injured, and out of the pitch
16:14 Zambia wins a free kick on a promising position, Zim players shot as Knox is being attended to by the medics
16:15 The free kick goes over bar
16:17 Zambia attacks and makes no mistake upfront and hits the back of the net.
16:17 Zambia 1-0 Zim
16:19 Play continues and Mushure continues to be a pale shadow of himself as he is not performing up to standard
16:25 Fee kick to Zim, Zvirekwi behind it, but it is cleared for a goal kick
16;30 Zvirekwi booked. And Pasuwa put first substitute..
16:31 Mutuma IN. Takwara OUT
16:35 Zvirekwi plays well, beats his markers, finds Chitiyo, but Chitiyo wastes a chance, blasting it over bar
16:40 SUBSTITUTE: Mudewe IN. Chirambadare OUT
16:43 Zambia 1-0 Zim
16:46 Zim wins a free kick but Zambian goalie equal to the task
16:48 Zambia attacking.. 2 mins added.
16:50 The referee blows to bring down the curtain.
FULL TIME; ZAMBIA 1-0 ZIMBABWE
The Warriors will now face Mali on Saturday, before meeting Uganda next week on Tuesday.
GO WARRIORS GO