The much hyped encounter between the World Class Legends and the Zimbabwe Legends ended with the Warriors on the receiving end following a 5-2 thrashing at the National Sports Stadium.
By SportBrief Reporter
The high profile match between the Warriors Legends and a select team of some of the world’s finest retired footballers, The World Class, was played at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
The match kicked off in front of a rather disappointing crowd with the nation’s biggest stadium virtually empty despite admission to the ground being free.
The extremely poor attendance could have been attributed to the timing of the match with much of the nation’s eyes currently glued to their home screens for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
And the Warriors Legends did little to appease the small crowd that sacrificed their midweek plans to support the local football veterans.
The Warriors started on a very bad note without a well-defined formation and the visitors took full advantage as they fired in three goals in a space of 10 minutes.
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes bagged an early brace with Dutch Legend Roben De la Red also scoring as the World Legends took advantage of a clearly disorganized ex-Warriors team.
Roben then completed his brace for the World Legends, before Prophet Walter Magaya who donned the World Class Legends jersey scored from the spot in the second stanza to give the visitors a healthy 5-0 lead.
However, the hosts’ fortunes started to improve in the second half after the the inclusion of Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe, Alois Bunjira, Dumisani Mpofu among other several changes of the day.
The inclusion of former Warriors defender Dumi steadied the Warriors Legends defence while Chitembwe provided the defensive linkman services which evidently lacked in the first part of the first half.
The bulky Zenzo Moyo, the gunman of the day had few brilliant moments but was guilty of a miss in a 1 v 1 situation with the goalkeeper. It was a golden opportunity which unfortunately was not utilized to Warriors legends advantage.
The Warriors were now starting to play good football, treating the spectators to some entertaining football as Ronald Sibanda, Chitembwe, Bunjira and Joel Luphahla showed they still have high fitness levels.
The Warriors kept probing the visitors defence until they finally got a penalty after Maringwa was fouled in the penalty box. Chitembwe stepped up and scored from the penalty box.
Charlie Jones then scored the second goal for the Warriors but that was as good as things got for them as the World Legends ran out eventual 5-2 winners on the day.
The event had a surprise appearance by the President of Zimbabwe Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as he popped up to see the World Legends and give them a hearty greeting during the match.
Zimbabwe is “open for business” after all.