THE Warriors displayed a disjointed show against Tunisia and inevitably crashed out of the 2017 Afcon tournament in humiliating fashion after they were handed a 4-2 defeat on Monday night.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
The performance was a bad advertisement for Southern African football which has been banking on them With this defeat, the Warriors became the first team to come out of the this tournament without a win.
They had gone into the match seeking a victory to enhance their chances of qualification to the quarter finals for the first time having drawn their opening match of the campaign against Algeria 2-2.
But they found themselves already trailing 1-0 after just nine minutes and 12 minutes later, Tunisia doubled the lead.
In 34 minutes, Musona playing his first match of the campaign having missed the opening two games against Algeria and Senegal due to injury, came close to scoring only to direct his effort a few inches wide.
However, two minutes later Tunisia were 3-0 up after Elisha Muroiwa was outpaced and allowed the Tunisia forward to slot the ball home.
However, Musona showed his class when he beat two defenders before angling the ball into the net to give Zimbabwe hope.
But moments later Warriors conceded a penalty after centre back Costa Nhamoinesu brought down a Tunisia striker in the penalty box and the referee pointed to the spot and Tunisia made no mistake as they made it 4-1.
After the break, coach Kalisto Pasuwa brought in Tendai Ndoro for Danny Phiri as he sought for goals and it paid dividends as Ndoro scored the second goal for the Warriors on 59 minutes to give Zimbabwe hopes again.
But attempts to rescue the match failed as Tunisia remained resolute.
In the end, the Warriors managed to keep the score line respectable.
The result means Tunisia join Senegal as the two teams that have qualified for the quarter finals from this group.
Crucially, this result means Pasuwa and his men have become the first team to fail to win a match at the Afcon tournament.