By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Warriors international forward, Tinotenda Kadewere’s last minute header helped French giants Olympique Lyonnias to snatch a point away to Stade de Reims at Stade Auguste-Delaune stadium in a French Ligue 1 encounter, Friday.
Kadewere came in as a substitute to replace French attacking midfielder, Rayan Cherki on the 46′ minute.
He scored Lyons equaliser which was also his 10th goal of the season through a head from a Memphis Depay cross in the 90+4 minute.
Stade Reims had taken the lead in the 33′ minute, thanks to Mathiue Cafaro’s beautiful right footed volley inside the box.
The match featured two Warriors key players, Tino Kadewere and Marshal Munetsi.
Both players were impressive despite that Kadewere came in as a substitute whilst, defensive midfielder, Muntesi marshalled in the middle of the park till the final whistle.
Moreover, Munetsi’s attempt from a tight angle with his weaker left foot, forced a good save in the 58′ minute, though 10 minutes after he was shown a yellow card for a bad foul.
Meanwhile, Reims are unbeaten in their last 9 home games in Ligue 1 (W3 D6) their best run in the topflight since January-September 1978.
The Les rouges et blancs (The Red and Whites) are also unbeaten in their last 5 Ligue 1 games this season (W1 D4).
While Lyon nicknamed the Les Gones (The Kids), are also unbeaten in their last thirteen Ligue 1 away games (W8 D5). Their longest run away from home since March 2005 to April 2006.
After yesterday’s 1-1 stalemate, Lyon remains on 3rd position with 60 points from 29 games and Reims are on position 11 with 35 points from the same number of games played by Lyon.
A win for The Kids would have saw them go on top of the log standings before second placed Paris St Germain and leaders Lille play their league matches this weekend.
However, despite a splendid perfomance, both Kadewere and Muntesi are ruled out of the two crucial upcoming Warriors AFCON qualifier games to be played later this month, due to travel restrictions.
Lyon officially informed ZIFA last week that they won’t release Kadewere, but as for Munetsi nothing has been officially communicated yet, though chances are that his club will indicate the same.
The two were are Warriors regular players and were named in Loga’s bloated 38-man squad. Zimbabwe needs atleast 4 points from the two games, they will first play Botswana on the 25th of March before hosting Zambia on the 29th.