CHAN: LOST ALL THREE MATCHES, WARRIORS HUMILIATING RETURN - Football News (ZW)

CHAN: LOST ALL THREE MATCHES, WARRIORS HUMILIATING RETURN


Undoubtedly, the Warriors lacked good preparations ahead of their 2021 African Nations Championship finals campaign, this was due to the Covid-19 related challenges, which stopped the local Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for the whole of 2020 (meaning lack of game time for members of the team), and got some team members infected causing training to stop for a long time.

The Warriors, having scored only a single goal through team vice-captain Patson Jaure against Burkina Faso, return home having lost all three matches played in Cameroon. Warriors who were in Group A, lost  to Cameroon (1 : 0), Burkina Faso (3 : 0) and to Mali (1 : 0).

At least the local based-team's perfomance could be expected because of the continued woes, and here are just some of the challenges the team faced in the tournament.

Some players in the Zimbabwe Warriors camp that include talented midfielder, Denver Mukamba were sideline on health grounds. .

Cameroon likely used juju (witchcraft) according  to reports (and the Warriors coach Zdvravko Logurusic)  to win their match against the Warriors. (Although there seemed to be paranormal activity in the in 1 nill win. A dead bat was found on the middle (centre spot of the field) of the pitch hours before kick off.

The coach again; some people have questioned Logurisic's way of doing things after he substituted Quada Amini just four minutes into the match against Mali for taking a freekick ahead of the team's freekick taker Tatenda Tavengwa.

The Zimbabwe Warriors should be expected home this week, hopefully to prepare for qualication into bigger tournaments (World Cup 2022 and the Africa Cup of Nations 2022).

Meanwhile, back at the tournament, Mali, are top of Group A and Cameroon are second in the group, meaning the two teams are through to the next stage of CHAN.

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