Zimbabwe on the brink of AFCON spot

African Football

Zimbabwe boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals with a 1-0 win over Botswana in Group H on Thursday evening.

Past and present South African-based players featured for Zimbabwe in Teenage Hadebe, Onismor Bhasera, Ovidy Karuru, Knowledge Musona, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Terrence Dzvukamanja.

The match was delayed for 30 minutes after the match commissioner tested positive for Covid-19 and was rightly so replaced before commencement of the encounter.

Zimbabwe brought the first threat eight minutes from the start through a free-kick from range by Musona, but the attempt went way off target.

The Warriors stroke gold six minutes later when debutant Perfect Chikwende netted the opener from a decent supply by Musona.

Botswana began to come alive moments from going behind, but the Warriors were able to rally back and carve out any potential threat posed by Adel Amrouche’s outfit.

The Zebras continued to pressurize the Warriors soon following the start of the second half; however the end product up front proved a major disappointment.

Zimbabwe slowly began to regain momentum towards the end of proceedings, but despite the promising ventures failed to make the most of chances coming their way.

In the end, the Warriors handled the remaining minutes of the match to confirm victory and edge closer to the continental finals next year.