By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
It was a bad day in the office for Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic and his troops following Sunday’s two nil defeat against Namibia in a COSAFA Cup match that was played at Nelson Mandela Bay.
According to statistics, Namibia broke Zimbabwe’s record of 17 matches unbeaten run in a 90 minutes match at the regional tournament since 2015.
This has resulted in the current Zimbabwe team being the worst ever squad to participate at the COSAFA Cup competition.
The Warriors have so far gone winless in Group B, where they have conceded four goals and managed to score two goals only after three games.
Zimbabwe played to a goalless draw against Mozambique in the opening fixture of the competition and fought back from behind to force a 2-2 draw against Malawi in their second fixture.
Meanwhile, yesterday they were heavily suprised with a shocking 2 nil defeat by Namibia.
It only took the last 20 minutes of the regulation time for the Brave Warriors of Namibia to hand the Warriors of Zimbabwe their first defeat in the historic COSAFA Cup 20th edition.
Loga’s side conceded an own in the 70th minute through Ngezi Platinum Stars defender Qadr Amini before Namibian striker Elmo Kambindu secured his teams’ victory in the 86th minute.
Kambindu utilised a chance which came through when the match was left with four minutes to final whistle after the Zimbabwean defenders failed to clear their lines.
The defenders mistake gifted the Namibian forward who had acres of space the ball and time to direct his shot past goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
With two draws and one defeat Zimbabwe is almost knocked out of the competition.
The six time COSAFA Cup record winners, Zimbabwe, are currently number four in Group B with two points, four behind group leaders Namibia and two behind second placed Mozambique.
The Warriors now need to win their last group match against this year’s guests Senegal on Tuesday and depend on results from other games for them to see a possible qualification to the next stage.
If results from other matches go their way, Zimbabwe might find themselves through into the semi finals.
This year’s tournament saw a change of format in terms of teams who are set to qualify. Only top two teams from each group will secure a spot to the semi finals.