Reigning COSAFA Champions, the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday toiled their way to the 2018 COSAFA Cup semifinals following a 3:1 penalty victory over the Zebras of Botswana at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.
By Sportbrief Reporter
The reigning Champions and the most Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) title holders (Zimbabwe has won the most titles with five wins) will face Lesotho in this year’s COSAFA semi-finals.
It was not one of the convincing games for the Warriors as they struggled to dismantle the Zebras of Botswana.
It was quite a game played mainly in the midfield. Sunday Chidzambwa stuck to his 4:4:2 betting on the line of attack for the lethality of Evans and Amidu.
While the odds were in their favour as titleholders, the Botswana squad offered resistance at all levels making it clear that respect between the powers should be mutual.
Supersport United player, Evans Rusike struck the right cord in the 38 minutes to the advantage of his team.
Botswana, buoyed by the 6-0 victory over the Seychelles, ruined the Warriors’ party when Onkabetse Makgantai, now with four goals, found the back of the net in the 60th minute.
The match had to be decided by penalties. The Warriors with the assistance of the goalkeeper, George Chigova’s heroics came out as eventual winners, 3:1 on penalties.
George Chigova saved three penalties in the shoot-out as the Warriors booked a semifinal place in the 2018 COSAFA Cup with a 3-1 victory that followed a tense 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes.