Day 4: Zimbabwe’s Young Warriors See Off Swaziland

Zimbabwe thrashed Swaziland in today’s boys’ soccer match dominated both by the Young Warriors and rain. The host nation fielded a strong side donning the yellow and green of the country with the Swazi outfitted in blue and white.

The game flowed smoothly during the first twenty minutes with both sides still sizing each other up. In the 28th minute the Zimbabwean strikers let the ball go out for a goal kick after a fantastic cross coming in from midfield. It was all Zimbabwe for the next minutes as they pushed for an opening goal. The perseverance of the Warriors was rewarded as in the 39th minute when Thomas Kadyaridzire scored, leaving the score 1-0 at the half.

The second half opened with Wandile Dlamini equalizing in the 47th minute for Swaziland. Rain started pouring, but the 22 men on the field kept on with their game. The Young Warriors saw an opening and Kadyaridzire scored a brace in the 64th minute, sending the home crowd into huge applause.

Zimbabwe dominated the rest of the match with hometown Bulawayo legend Thembalethu Mthunzi scoring Zimbabwe’s third goal after 84 mins of play. This was after a scramble in the box while the Swazi goalie tried to retrieve the ball from the net, but the referee noticed and the goal was awarded. A Swaziland player was yellow-carded after complaining about the goal enthusiastically.

Zimbabwe finished the game leading 3-0, a great match for the Young Warriors.