The Young Warriors have made history by qualifying for the 2015 All Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville in September after holding Cameroon’s Cubs 1-1 to sail through to the finals 2-1 on aggregate.
The Young Warriors won 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium in the first leg and nobody, including their hardest of followers, gave them a chance in the return leg in Yaounde where Cameroonian national soccer teams have proved invincible.
But Kalisto Pasuwa’s team at the weekend proved all critics wrong and brought some smiles on the faces of Zimbabwean football followers who are used more to failure rather than success.
Pasuwa’s side becomes only the second Zimbabwean team in history after Reinhard Fabisch’s classy side of 1991 to qualify for Africa’s biggest sporting competition.
While the Young Warriors are celebrating their qualification, the same cannot be said of the Mighty Warriors who are down and out of the same competition.
The Mighty Warriors needed just a 1-0 winning margin to sail through to the finals but that could not be as they were held to a two-all draw at home by Ghana’s Black Queens to bow out 4-3 on aggregate.
The Mighty Warriors lost the first leg 2-1 at the Accra National Sports Stadium and coach Rosemary Mugadza is disappointed with the final outcome.
The Mighty Warriors now turn their attention to the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers and Mugadza says there is need for a total overhaul of the team especially in the striking force.
Meanwhile, Triangle maintained their top of the table position after thrashing Caps United 4-0 in a one sided affair at Gibbo Stadium yesterday. The Sugar Sugar Boys are now on 13 points, the same as defending champions, Dynamos, but maintain pole position on the strength of a superior goal difference.
Dembare remained in second position after overcoming Nesbert Saruchera’s newboys Flame Lilliy 1-0 at Gwanzura Stadium, courtesy of a Dominic Chungwa strike
But Dynamos coach David Mandigora admitted it was an easy game against the newboys.
The other weekend results were as follows:- ZPC Kariba 1,Dongo Sawmills 1; How Mine 1, Harare City 1;FC Platinum 1, Chicken Inn 3; Dynamos 1, Flame Lilly 0; Triangle 4, Caps United 0; Highlanders 0, Chapungu 1; Hwange 0, Buffaloes 0; and Hwahwa 1, Tsholotsho 2.
This is how the top of the table looks like after five games. Triangle – 13 points; Dynamos—13 points; Chicken Inn-12 Points; How Mine -9 points and ZPC Kariba - 8 points.
And in golf, South Africa’s Dean Burmester maintained the South African dominance of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open after caddying a 15 under par 272 for the title.
The Zimbabwean-born South African was one stroke ahead of Brazilian but Zimbabwean resident Adilsen da Silva who was on 14 under par 273.
The best placed Zimbabwean was Ryan Cairns who was on four under par
284 and in joint 14th place. Zimbabwe has not won the competition since it was re-launched in 2010.
The last Zimbabwean to win the Zimbabwe Open was Marc McNulty way back in 2000.