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Warriors’ Underperformance Disappoint Karuru

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Zim National Team Players
By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Warriors captain at the COSAFA Cup competition, Ovidy Karuru has expressed his displeasure towards the national team’s unpleasing perfomance at the regional tournament that is currently underway in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Karuru’s disappointment comes after the Zdravko Logarusic’ coached side played to another stalemate against Malawi at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Friday afternoon.
This was the team’s second match in the competition after playing to a goaless draw against Mozambique in their opening fixture of the campaign.
Today’s result left the former Kaizer Chiefs forward frustrated despite his perfomance which saw him being nominated as the man of the match.
The lanky midfielder then revealed that he was not happy despite receiving the individual accolade because his side was yet to record a win in this year’s historic 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup.
”I can not be happy receiving man of the match without winning the game because we came here to win the games, not to draw,” said Karuru.
“So, I am disappointed that we did not win the game because we can not go two games without a win.
“We came here to win the tournament not add up numbers.”
It had to take Zimbabwe two second half goals from Blessing Sarupinda and Ben Musaka to come from behind and collect a single point.
This came after Zimbabwe were punished for their defensive error in the first half resulting in them trailing by 1 goal till halftime.
Polokwane City player Khuda Munyaba gave Malawi the lead in the 27th minute, after pulling a half volley shot which gave goalkeeper Washington Arubi a hard time to stop it despite diving to a full stretch.
The Warriors should have replied quickly and got an equaliser in the 32nd minute through Blessing Sarupinda, however the youthful midfielder wasted the chance.
Sarupinda received a good through pass from King Nadolo with the keeper only left to beat the Caps United midfielder took his shot wide in what considered as the best chance of the match.
This saw Zimbabwe going into halftime trailing by a goal to nil.
Malawi then doubled their lead five minutes from the break through Schumaker Kuwalo’s 50th minute left-footed shot.
A good response from the Warriors technical bench finally paid-off.
Loga and his assistant made tactical substitutions and this hepled the team get its first shot on target through substitute Andrew Mbeba’s freekick in the 60th minute.
Two minutes after Mbeba’s shot on target Saruinda found the back of the net to pull one back before Musaka equalised in the 79th minute.
The Harare City man equalised after and scored a long range freekick from outside the box.
Thanks to an assist from club hunting Karuru who rolled the ball for him before pulling a thunderbolt strike that went into the roof of the net.
Zimbabwe’s next assignment is against Namibia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this coming Sunday.
Robert Tapfumaneyi

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