Friday 21 June 2019


Goalkeeper Eddie Sibanda produced a string of good saves, but the Warriors conceded a poor goal to start their 2019 AFCON finals campaign on a losing note before a packed Cairo International Stadium last night. The big goalie, playing because George Chigova was suspended, had an inspired show.

Sadly, his night ended prematurely late in the game when he was pulled out because of injury.
On a night when left-back Devine Lunga also came of age with a brave and good performance against one of the worlds best players, Mohamed Salah, the Warriors should be disappointed they couldn’t get even a point from this game.

The goal that made the difference was one they could have avoided while later, in the second-half they played with authority, substitute Evans Rusike had a fine chance but could not direct his header home.

Khama Billiat, who passed a late fitness test after a week in which he was troubled by injury, then shot wide from a very tight area and in time added on, it was the hosts who were on the ropes pleading for the match to end. To his credit, Billiat was the liveliest Warrior upfront. Herald


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