Zimbabwe’s Young Warriors today at qualified to the semi-finals in the AUSC Region 5 boys’ football tournament.. The game, held at Barbourfields Stadium in front of a huge crowd, was a tight match against Malawi. Zimbabwe needed nothing less than a win to qualify to the next stage. Malawi were clearly playing for a draw and defended with their hearts out.
Zimbabwe unilaterally attacked, failing to crack the Malawi defense, ending the first half in a scoreless draw. The Young Warriors coach Tafadzwa Mushiri encouraged his charges as they came out for the second half with a new flare. The rejuvenated Warriors attacked now immensely and with serious intent.
The goal came in the 76th minute through a penalty when one of the Zimbabwean attackers was brought down on the box. Ishmael Munsaka converted the penalty sending the Malawi goalie the wrong way.
Zimbabwe were now in the driving seat, eager to score more. Thomas Kadyaridzire scored a second goal to put Zimbabwe’s hope for a medal in sight. Malawi tried to push for a goal but Zimbabwe remained steadfast.
In the final minutes of the match, Zimbabwe conceded a goal scored by Malawi’s Limbana Phiru.
Zimbabwe topped group A and will play Namibia tomorrow in a semi-final match at Luveve Stadium. Zambia ended first in Group B and will face Group A runners-up Angola in the other semi-final played at Barbourfields tomorrow.